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Fifteen north-east Labour MPs seek urgent clarification on new Covid restrictions announced by the government

LABOUR MPs in the north-east of England have sought urgent clarification of new coronavirus-related restrictions announced by the government.

From today, residents in Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham should not socialise with other people outside their own households or support bubble, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced yesterday.

In the hospitality sector, food and drink will be restricted to table service only and leisure and entertainment venues will be required to close between 10pm and 5am.

A letter to Mr Hancock from Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott was signed by 14 others, including shadow chief secretary to the treasury Bridget Phillipson and shadow science, research and digital minister Chi Onwurah.

The letter stated: “We agree that restrictions must be put in place in order to protect public health and prevent the further spread of Covid-19 and we support measures taken in order to save lives. 

“We do, however, believe that this must be done in close collaboration with local authorities, who must have access to all appropriate information, data and support in order to make the best decisions for their areas.” 

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