Ilkley MP to vote against new Covid tier plans


MP Robbie Moore

Robbie Moore has told Ilkley's radio station Rombalds Radio he is voting against the government tonight for the first time since he became Keighley and Ilkley's MP a year ago.


The national lockdown across England ends tomorrow (Weds 2nd December), with all of West Yorkshire due to be put into Tier 3.


This means pubs and restaurants will not be allowed to open - and it is likely to be 2 weeks before the decision is reviewed.


Speaking to Rombalds Radio, Robbie Moore MP said he has 'huge concerns about the impact of the restrictions' on local busineses in Keighley, Ilkley, Silsden and wider constituency.


"I think if the government is going to be saying to certain businesses that you are unable to open, then that additional financial support has got to be there to warrant that decision being made," said Mr Moore. "And it's my view, having listened to the Prime Minister this afternoon, that it's just not quite good enough."


With Labour and the SNP abstaining from the vote, it seems likely that the government proposals will be passed in the House of Commons - so Keighley and Ilkley will be put into the toughest Tier 3 restrictions anyway.


Robbie Moore added: "I agree in principle with the tiered restrictions, but where I don't agree with the government is the financial support that is being provided. So my message to everyone across the constituency is yes, it is highly likely that we will be entering Tier 3 based on tonight's vote. And I would urge everybody to adhere to those restrictions because we are in the middle of a pandemic. There are capacity issues on our local NHS - we've got to protect that. But equally, we've got to get that fine balance between getting our economy going again. If we are telling businesses they have to close, that extra support must be there to make sure that they can open once we can all get the economy going again."


Listen to Robbie Moore talking to Rombalds Radio's Stuart Clarkson here.

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