Michael Gove has charged Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham of “posturing” and “political positioning” in refusing to accept strict brand new COVID-19 rules.
The federal government is currently at a stand-off with Mister Burnham over whether his area should be moved into the highest alert amount of the new three-tier system for nearby coronavirus lockdowns.
Prior to agreeing to tougher Tier several restrictions, Mr Burnham has required greater financial help for companies that would be affected by the move, which may see bars and pubs shut – and likely a number of other companies.
Amid an increasingly sour political row, Mr Gove, the particular Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, risked further inflaming tensions in between ministers and the Greater Manchester gran.
He told Atmosphere News’ Sophy Ridge On Weekend programme: “I want to reach a with the political leadership in Better Manchester.
“I want them to put away, for a moment, some of the political placement that they’ve indulged in.
“And I want them to work together with us in order to ensure that we conserve lives and protect the NHS.
“An absence of action means more people will get infected, so that as more people get infected which will place more pressure on the NHS.
“And the more individuals, sadly, in intensive care bed frames in the North West and in Stansted who are suffering from coronavirus, the less intensive care beds are there for those who have other serious conditions.
“All of this is happening as we shift closer to the winter and instead of push conferences and posturing, what we require is action to save people’s lives. inch