James Forsyth James Forsyth

Could local lockdowns cost Boris Johnson the north?

Boris Johnson (photo: Getty)

When the lockdown tiers are announced, it is inevitable that huge swathes of the north will be under much tighter restrictions than the south. It is not hard to see how a divided Britain translates into political trouble, as I say in the magazine this week. Labour and northern leaders will claim that support packages would be more generous — and the situation better handled — if it was the south that was bearing the brunt.

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