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Coronavirus: Johnson faces Tory revolt over stricter tier plan for England

Seventy MPs say PM must prove new Covid curbs ‘will save more lives than they cost’

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Boris Johnson is facing a significant challenge to his plan to replace the current lockdown in England with a stricter three-tiered system of Covid restrictions, with 70 Conservative MPs saying they would not back the new regime without first seeing a cost-benefit analysis.

In a letter to the prime minister illustrating the scale of unrest among Tory ranks, MPs from the newly formed Covid Recovery Group said the government must prove the new restrictions “will save more lives than they cost”.

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