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One-third of London Tory MPs ready to rebel against PM on Covid powers

first_img Chingford and Woodford Green MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith is one of the most high profile Tory rebels (AFP via Getty Images) Many of the parliamentary party’s libertarian and right-wing MPs have been disgruntled at the government’s willingness to swiftly apply new coronavirus restrictions, the amount the Treasury has spent during the pandemic and speculation that Rishi Sunak is considering tax rises to pay for the Budget deficit. Show Comments ▼ London Conservative MPs Sir Iain Duncan Smith, Sir Robert Neill, Bob Blackman and David Simmonds have all publicly said they are in the rebel camp. At least one-in-three London Conservative MPs are supportive of a potential parliamentary rebellion led by a group of powerful backbenchers. Graham Brady, chair of the powerful 1922 committee of Conservative backbenchers, has today tabled an amendment to a government bill that is believed to have the support of up to 80 Conservative MPs if it is chosen by Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle. Chingford and Woodford Green MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith is one of the most high profile Tory rebels (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: One-third of London Tory MPs ready to rebel against PM on Covid powers More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com “More people are likely to die from the sanctions than the virus itself. We need to shield the most vulnerable, but at the same time we need to treat people like adults.” Wednesday 30 September 2020 11:46 am whatsapp Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data “This is becoming an economic crisis instead of a health crisis,” they said. Sharecenter_img A further three London Tories told City A.M. that they were sympathetic to Brady’s amendment and would likely vote for it if it came before the House of Commons. This would give it enough support to deliver Johnson an embarrassing parliamentary defeat if opposition parties voted for it – a prospect that is considered likely. whatsapp The Tory revolt is a sign of growing discontent among the party’s backbenches, which has been bubbling under for months now. City A.M. understands that at least seven out of the capital’s 21 Tory MPs support a tabled amendment that would see Boris Johnson’s powers to implement new Covid restrictions curbed. The Prime Minister is currently negotiating with Brady over the rebellion, with many speculating that the original legislation will be changed to appease the rebel Tory MPs and allow some parliamentary oversight on future decisions. One-third of London Tory MPs ready to rebel against PM on Covid powers One MP said the latest coronavirus restrictions were “too draconian” and if Johnson announced a new national lockdown at his 5pm press conference today that there would be an “open rebellion” in the party. The amendment calls for parliament to have a say over all future coronavirus restrictions in what would be a major blow to Johnson as unrest grows among Tory MPs over the latest swathe of rules. Stefan Boscia Chingford and Woodford Green MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith is one of the most high profile Tory rebels (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: One-third of London Tory MPs ready to rebel against PM on Covid powers last_img read more