The Manchester Liberal Democrats have endorsed a Tier 3 Lockdown for the region and a national 'Circuit Breaker'.
Lib Dem Leader and Opposition Leader in Manchester John Leech said:
“There’s no doubt that the Government’s handling of this has been poor, but now is not the time for distractions, legal threats or for politicians to bicker amongst themselves.
“Labour and the Tories are not listening to the clear scientific evidence. We must be consistent and follow the advice.
“Supporting local businesses is critical, but nothing eclipses public health, and it is completely irresponsible for our leaders not to wholeheartedly endorse, support and encourage local people to adhere to these restrictions.
“Avoiding our hospitals and NHS being overwhelmed, along with the impact on our frontline healthcare and key workers must be at the forefront of our minds.
“We must work together; across local authorities, regions and party lines to avoid unnecessary heartache for families.
“Therefore the Manchester Liberal Democrats support a Tier 3 Lockdown in Greater Manchester and strongly encourage local people to adhere to these restrictions.
“Sadly though, this is likely to be too little too late, and so we also support a ’Circuit Breaker’ which must be used to get the Test, Track and Trace system running as effectively as possible, including fixing the outstanding issues with the phone app. The Government missed a huge opportunity in the March lockdown, and that cannot be repeated.
“But we also firmly join cross-party calls on the Government to now step up and support Greater Manchester businesses, especially small and independents who are struggling now more than ever.
“Public health should be the number one priority, but people’s livelihoods must urgently be protected too. Failure to do this will result in an economic catastrophe that could take multiple generations to recover from.”