Tory MPs call for easing of West Yorkshire Covid restrictions with "postcode cordons"

Covid-19 testing centre at Bradford University
Covid-19 testing centre at Bradford University Credit: PA

Five Tory MPs are calling on the Government to ease West Yorkshire's Covid-19 restrictions - by using postcodes to pinpoint where most infections are.

It's illegal for people from different households to meet in homes or gardens in Calderdale, Bradford and Kirklees. 

New enforcement laws have been introduced which mean people flouting lockdown restrictions could be fined £100 and up to a maximum of £3,200 for repeat offences.

Covid-19 test centre at Mixenden Activity Centre in Calderdale Credit: PA

Now the Conservative MPs, who represent parts of West Yorkshire under the restrictions, say postcode data is available and so restrictions should be more localised rather than using council-wide boundaries.

They have appealed to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock to re-think the lockdown cordons when he reviews the situation today.

The five Conservative MPs calling for postcode cordons:

  • Craig Whitaker MP - Calder Valley

  • Mark Eastwood MP - Dewsbury

  • Robbie Moore MP - Keighley

  • Philip Davies MP - Shipley

  • Jason McCartney MP - Colne Valley