NORTHERN Conservative MPs have been called on to back a Labour motion today to provide a "fair one nation deal" to support areas being moved into Tier 3 restrictions.

Labour is bringing the motion on Opposition Day to deliver a "fair deal" to communities facing the strictest level of local restrictions.

Tier 3 'Very High' local Covid alert level would force some businesses to close and workers placed on a new furlough scheme less generous than the previous Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

The motion follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday forcing Tier 3 restrictions onto Greater Manchester after failing to agree a deal with local leaders on the level of support it would provide.

Labour is calling for furloughed workers to receive 80 per cent of their wages and better financial support for areas in the top tier of restrictions.

Leader of the Opposition Sir Keir Starmer has accused the Government of treating the North with "contempt" and called on Northern Conservative MPs to back the Opposition motion to protect their communities.

He said: “The Conservatives have been treating local communities, particularly in the Midlands, North West and North East, and their leaders with contempt.

“This is not just a matter of fairness for people in Greater Manchester, but for people across the country who could find themselves in Tier 3 in the weeks ahead.

"Families and businesses will be deeply anxious that they might not be able to make ends meet under the Government’s wholly inadequate proposals.

“The Prime Minister and the Chancellor need to make good on their commitment to the British people to do whatever it takes to help us through this pandemic.

"We need a fair one nation deal that can help us through the second wave.

“I would urge all Conservative MPs, particularly those in areas of the country that are most affected by this, to vote with us tomorrow and force the Government’s hand.”

Conservative MPs in the Bradford area - Philip Davies, Robbie Moore, Stuart Andrew, and Craig Whittaker - have been contacted for their views ahead of this afternoon's vote, which is due to take place at 4pm.