Boris Johnson spent over 10 days locking horns with Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and other northern officials about the need to include the region under the highest level of coronavirus restrictions. The Government called the negotiations quits as Mr Burnham pushed for a £65million contribution to help local communities but later Mr Johnson was forced to admit the fund would be sent despite his opposition. The move, paired with the controversial vote not to provide school children in need with meals during half-term and the Christmas break, has sparked concerns among northern Conservative Party MPs about potential electoral repercussions.
Good Morning Britain contributor Kevin Maguire warned the Prime Minister could see his 80-strong majority “wiped out” should he cave into demands for another vote on school meals.
Mr Maguire suggested Andy Burnham’s plea for his constituents could also prove to be damaging to their position in the long-term.
He said: “Those Tories will be worried that their constituents will be looking at Andy Burnham and ask why they didn’t.”
The political journalist also suggested northern Conservatives may seek reassurances the manifesto pledges that helped them win their seats will be delivered.
Boris Johnson has been warned his majority could be “wiped out” because of his Manchester decision
Coronavirus tier 3 restrictions were imposed on Manchester last week
The warning comes as 50 Tories joined forces to demand Mr Johnson outlines a “clear road map” out of coronavirus restrictions.
The MPs have said recent developments have left them with concerns northern regions may be “left behind” as the Government doubles efforts to keep the virus under control.
The letter also demanded a roadmap for the economic recovery of the north of England after the area experiences the worst of restrictions for months.
Number 10 said it was “committed to levelling up across the country”.