PUBLISHED: 08:54, Wed, Nov 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:54, Wed, Nov 4, 2020
The Prime Minister has come under renewed pressure as Tory backbenchers prepare to revolt, angry at the impact on civil liberties and the economic damage a second lockdown will cause. It is thought about 15 Conservative MPs could defy the whips and vote against the new controls.
Tory MP Peter Bone tweeted: "Today I will vote against a second national lockdown. The government's case is based on dubious modelling.
“It seems to me there are lies, damn lies and Covid statistics!!"
While Tory MP Richard Drax attacked lockdowns as "destructive, divisive, and don't work".
Boris Johnson faces a Tory rebellion (Image: PA)
He said: "They simply delay the inevitable - the re-emergence of the virus when lockdown ends, as has been shown.
"Have we over-reacted? Yes, I think we have. A draconian, onerous and invasive set of rules and regulations now govern our very existence."
And Tory MP Bob Seely accused Mr Johnson’s government of "losing the plot" in the face of the coronavirus crisis.
While Conservative former cabinet minister Esther McVey has revealed she would vote against the four-week lockdown because the "'lockdown cure' is causing more harm than COVID".
Sir Graham Brady, the influential chairman of the 1922 Committee, is also likely to vote against the measures.