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Gov delays curfew vote amid backbench rebellion

The Government has been forced to delay the parliamentary vote on the 10pm curfew placed on hospitality businesses after facing growing backbench opposition.

The vote, which was originally set to take place in the House of Commons tonight at pm (7 October), has now been moved to sometime next week.

It comes after reports that Tory backbenchers believe they can muster up the required 43 votes to overturn the Government’s majority of 85.

It is also thought that they have been “encouraged” by Labour’s stance of not backing the restrictions until they see scientific evidence of its effect.

The news comes one week after 100 hospitality leaders penned an open letter to the government requesting that the curfew should be reviewed every three weeks and removed if it is not effective.

The letter, which received signatures from Greene King and Pizza Express, also called on prime minister Boris Johnson to personally do more to support the sector before the ‘‘bleakest of winters”.

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