Tory rebels to vote to end 10pm curfew

The Government’s 10pm curfew on hospitality business may soon come to an end after reports that Tory rebels believe they can muster enough votes to overturn the Government majority.

According to The Telegraph, Tory backbenchers believe they can muster up the required 43 votes to overturn the Government’s majority of 85 and are due to meet today to plan their next steps. The vote is set to take place on Wednesday evening (7 October).

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.

However, the paper has also reported that there are rumours that Government whips may pull the vote and move it to a later date in order to create more time to bring the rebels into line.

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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