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UK coronavirus : Johnson suffers biggest Commons revolt since election as MPs back new Covid tiers by 291 to 78 – as it happened

Latest updates: new tiers system passes Commons vote; Boris Johnson hints tiering decisions may be more localised in future

Speaking after the vote on the strengthened tiered system of coronavirus restrictions, the foreign secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News:

It’s a very important set of regulations to help the UK bridge into the spring, where we hope a vaccine will move us into a whole different place, and the reason that these regulations mattered is it allows us to move to a tiered approach which, backed up by mass community testing, will help us keep control of the virus and avoid another lockdown.

We listened to MPs on all sides of the House. We’ve passed this vote with a majority of over 200.

The most striking thing about the numbers is that the leader of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer, abstained on the biggest issue facing the country today as we go through this pandemic and he’s got nothing to say about it, no leadership, doesn’t know what he thinks, or what the country should do.

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