Conservative MPs urge Boris Johnson to get London out of lockdown as coronavirus cases fall

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Tory MPs are lobbying Boris Johnson to get London out of lockdown and into Tier 1 as official figures show Covid-19 cases falling in 21 boroughs, the Evening...
London under fog and lockdown on Friday morning (Jeremy Selwyn)

Standard reveals today.

They are urging No10 to dramatically ease restrictions in the capital if the virus is brought under control by the end of lockdown on December 2.

However, they also stressed that Londoners should follow lockdown rules to reduce infection levels and that hospitalisations were still rising, which will inevitably lead to more deaths in coming weeks.

Fifteen boroughs have seen falls in confirmed cases of more than 12 per cent in the week to October 31, compared with the previous seven days.

The biggest drop was in Kingston, 29.4 per cent, then Kensington & Chelsea 24.6 per cent, Bromley 22.1 per cent and Southwark 21.9 per cent.

It came as:

Business leaders warned of a devastating blow to London's economy as a result of the new measures, whose fragile recovery from the spring lockdown has been shattered.

A probe continued into a leak of the lockdown plan, which highlighted tensions in the all-male "quad" of Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove and Matt Hancock running the Government's Covid response. It came after Britain's statistics watchdog criticised Number 10 for not being transparent enough with the data it used to justify England's second lockdown.

Business minister Nadhim Zahawi was forced to defend the latest dismal figures on test-and-trace performance. James Naismith, professor of structural biology at…
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