EXCLUSIVE: Minister moves to head off political rows

By Martin Ford | 07 October 2020

The Government has moved to increase the influence of local political opinions in advance of it changing coronavirus restrictions after heavy criticism from councils.

Areas on the COVID-19 watch list will be asked to provide health secretary Matt Hancock with the views of directors of public health, MPs, mayors, councillors and chief executives before changes are announced, with a new emphasis on political opinion.

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