THE Health Secretary Matt Hancock is set to make a statement this morning where he is expected to announce new measures for the North, but could Bradford be affected?

The ministerial statement is set to be delivered in the House of Commons at 11.30am, with some areas currently in Tier 2 of the new local Covid alert system expected to be moved into Tier 3.

Talks have been ongoing with Greater Manchester about this move, but it has been reported in the national media that Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty has told ministers "most of the northwest and northeast, and large parts of Yorkshire and the Midlands” should go into Tier 3.

Read the latest on the changes in alert levels across the country in today's live blog

On Monday, Naz Shah said public officials in Bradford were told to enter further talks with the Government to consider going into Tier 3, and Bradford Council said it will be part of a full West Yorkshire meeting, however there is no agenda in place as yet.

Tier 3 is the very highest lockdown level and would see pubs and bars forced to close their doors unless they serve food classed as "substantial", as well as gyms.

Matt Hancock also spoke to the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs last night, where he reportedly said the Government is going ahead with its localised approach, which was supported by MPs.

The statement is due to be made to the House of Commons at 11.30am and can be viewed online at Parliament TV or on the BBC Parliament television channel.