Nuneaton’s MP Marcus Jones has added his weight to the battle to get Warwickshire out of Tier 3 restrictions.

MPs in other parts of Warwickshire are championing the county being moved out of Tier 3 when the government reviews the Tier system.

Despite Nuneaton and neighbouring borough town Bedworth having the highest Covid-19 rate not only in Warwickshire – but also higher than that of Coventry, rates are falling.

Nuneaton and Bedworth bore the the brunt of the blame for Warwickshire moving into Tier 3 but Mr Jones believes that Warwickshire, as a whole, would still be better off going it alone.

He wants the government to look at the county as single area and not a sub region with Coventry and Solihull when the review is undertaken on December 16.

“I have spoken to Ministers and the county council and pressed the case for Warwickshire to be treated as a stand-alone area, without Coventry and Solihull being included, and I hope that this change will be implemented soon,” he said.

Marcus Jones, MP for Nuneaton

As we reported in our newsletter, Warwickshire County Council’s leader, councillor Izzi Secombe is one of the high-profile figures backing the campaign – and she wants the county to be placed in Tier 2.

Matt Western, Warwick and Leamington MP, has also been desperately trying to get the government to change its mind about Warwickshire moving into the toughest restrictions after lockdown ends.

He has called on the government to reverse the decision.

But Cllr Seccombe said there was no hope of that before the tiers are set to be reviewed on December 16.

She told CoventryLive she is determined to get the government to change its mind.

“I was shocked and disappointed that Warwickshire was advised that we would be placed in Tier 3 when we come out of lockdown on December 2,” she said.

“Our evidence shows a steady reduction in the infection rate and despite the pressure and the great work that our Hospitals they do have extra capacity and are not full.

“It is evident that we will not get this [Tier 3] changed before the review date on December 16.

“It is so important now that we target that date and it is the behaviour of everyone that will help us to win the goal of moving out of Tier 3.

“We must comply with the guidance and that will protect not only the NHS but our businesses as well.

“In the meantime, I will be doing everything I can and influencing anyone I can to get Warwickshire in the place they should be, Tier 2.”

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