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Tory business minister Nadhim Zahawi has called for an end to “corrosive” leaks after it was reported that ministers were set to announce new lockdown measures on Monday.
Leaders in the north have already hit out at Boris Johnson after details of his plans to introduce tough new restrictions from Monday to tackle a surge in cases across England were reported earlier this week.
According to The Times, the Prime Minister is set to order the closure of as many as 7,000 pubs and restaurants in the North and the Midlands as part of a new “traffic light” system for escalating lockdown measures in England.
But the leaking of the plans has provoked fury among local leaders, with Sheffield City Region metro mayor Dan Jarvis