21 Oct Coronavirus: Boris Johnson to make announcement on South Yorkshire amid Tier 3 restriction speculation | Politics News
Boris Johnson will make a statement about South Yorkshire today, amid speculation the region could get England’s toughest coronavirus restrictions.
Speaking to Sky News’ Kay Burley, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick did not rule out the area moving to Tier 3 and revealed ministers and local leaders may be “on the cusp of an agreement”.
He said: “It’s not right for me to pre-empt a full statement that the prime minister and [Sheffield city region mayor] Dan Jarvis will make later today.
“But we have had very successful conversations with him and with the leaders in South Yorkshire.
“Again there’s a serious situation there and rightly they wanted to take action.
“We’ve discussed that over the course of yesterday and early this morning and an announcement will be made shortly.”
Mr Jenrick also denied relationships with some mayors were breaking down, after talks collapsed yesterday on financial support for Greater Manchester – though it will move to Tier 3.
He said he held “very productive” talks with Mr Jarvis this week and added: “Those discussions are coming to a conclusion this morning, I hope.”