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Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed harsher rules would come into effect in the region from the early hours of Friday, in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus, with £22million of support for local authorities. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said attempts to strike a deal collapsed after the Government refused to meet his demand for £65m to support the livelihoods of people in the region as they face the closure of pubs, bars, bookmakers and other premises. As Mr Burnham addressed the public, residents erupted in fury at the new rules.
Mr Burnham, who had been negotiating to get Greater Manchester £65million to prevent a “winter of real hardship”, read out that the city would receive only £22million.
In online footage, residents in the backgrounds can be heard booing as one yelled out “disgraceful”.
Mr Burnham said: “It’s brutal to be honest, isn’t it?
“There’s no way to run the country in a national crisis.
“This is not right they should not be doing this.
“£22million to fight the situations we’re in is frankly disgraceful.”
Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell has said: “Andy is right: it’s utter spite.
“The idea of all in this together has been totally shattered this week.”
Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner was similarly enraged, and called the lockdown news “disgraceful” and “a punishment”.
She said: “Greater Manchester been badly let down by the PM and his cronies in government.
“Spiteful, Vindictive and Nasty, so many will now suffer great hardship, it will be the ones again who can least take it.”
She had said earlier: “The Government have failed us in Gtr Mcr and we won’t forget it.”
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“Andy Burnham is right to stand up to protect our communities.”
Ms Rayner is the MP for Ashton-under-Lyne which will now also be moved into the Tier 3 category
Mr Burnham spoke to reporters in Manchester minutes shortly beore the Prime Ministers Downing Street address, and was informed of the £22m figure when shown on a phone.
The shadow foreign secretary called the incident “disgraceful”.
Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan tweeted: “In 10 years in Parliament I’ve never seen anything like this.
“MPs are on a call with the Health Secretary being told Greater Manchester is getting only £22m while our mayor is at a press conference being told by the media.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock later said the “door is open” to further discussions with local leaders.
He told the Commons: “Over the last 10 days we’ve sought to reach an agreement with local leaders, and unfortunately we were not able to reach an agreement in Greater Manchester as we have previously in Lancashire and the Liverpool City Region.
“As well as the support that I’ve outlined, we’ve made a generous and extensive offer to support Manchester’s businesses. This offer was proportionate to the support that we’ve given the Liverpool City Region and Lancashire, but regrettably the mayor rejected it.
“Of course, we do not want businesses in Greater Manchester to be disadvantaged so that offer remains on the table. Our door is open to further discussions with local leaders in the coming days about business support.”
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