Tory MPs warn Boris Johnson’s rivals to oppose tougher Covid new year rules
Leadership hopefuls told to block new limits in England as scientists model curbs on bars and cafes
Cabinet ministers vying to succeed Boris Johnson have been warned by Tory colleagues that they will damage their chances unless they stridently oppose further Covid measures in England, as MPs called for New Year’s Eve restrictions to be ruled out.
With ministers expected to meet as soon as Monday to discuss whether additional measures are needed to protect hospital capacity, several Conservatives said that they would be watching those emerging as leading contenders to replace Johnson should he step aside before the next election.
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