These are the North East MPs who voted against the new Covid Tier system

A number of North East MPs voted against the new Covid Tier system which will see the region face at least another two weeks of the strictest restrictions.

Tuesday, 1st December 2020, 9:20 pm

A vote in the House of Commons on Tuesday evening (December 1) saw the majority of MPs back the new system of coronavirus tiers for England.

The result was announced in the chamber as 291 votes to 78, majority 213.

Fifty-five Conservatives rebelled over the measures, with 52 voting against the Government, a further two acting as tellers for the noes and one formally abstaining.

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The vote is read out in the House of Commons, London

But the measures passed with Labour ordering its MPs to abstain after party leader Sir Keir Starmer warned the plans pose a “significant” health risk.

Here’s a list of the North East MPs who voted against the tiered system:


Emma Lewell-Buck (South Shields)

Kate Osborne (Jarrow)

Grahame Morris (Easington)

Mary Kelly Foy (City of Durham)

Ian Mearns (Gateshead)

Kevan Jones (North Durham)

Mike Hill (Hartlepool)


Matt Vickers (Stockton South)

The remaining nine Tory MPs in the North East voted in favour of the tier system.

The North East will be placed in Tier 3 from tomorrow (Wednesday, December 2) which will mean restaurants, pubs and bars will be forced to remain closed and can only open for takeaway delivery or collection.

The Government says the Tiers will be reviewed ever two weeks with the first one taking place on December 16.

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