Michael Gove has accused Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham of “posturing” and “political positioning” in refusing to simply accept strict new COVID-19 restrictions.
The authorities risked additional inflaming tensions amid a stand-off with Mr Burnham over whether or not the area ought to be moved into the very best alert degree of a brand new three-tier system for native lockdowns.
Mr Burnham has known as for better monetary assist for corporations that may be affected by the transfer, which might see bars and pubs closed – and certain a quantity of different companies.
Mr Gove advised Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme: “I wish to attain an settlement with the political management in Greater Manchester. I need them to place apart for a second some of the political positioning that they’ve indulged in and I need them to work with us so as to make sure that we save lives and defend the NHS.
“Instead of press conferences and posturing what we’d like is motion to save lots of individuals’s lives.”