BRADFORD East MP Imran Hussain has demanded the Government hand West Yorkshire £75 million to support businesses "at a minimum" if the region is moved into Tier 3 restrictions.

Speaking in a debate as part of Opposition Day on a Labour motion for a "fair one nation deal" to support areas being put under stricter local restrictions, Mr Hussain slammed the Government for its "shambolic" handling of negotiations with Greater Manchester and demanded £75 million for West Yorkshire.

He said: "Little has been said for support for regions in Tier 2.

"Our businesses in Bradford have not been told to close but are facing a severe downturn in trading, and hospitality in particular has been savaged by the restrictions.

"4,000 more people in Bradford East are now unemployed, and 1,000 of these are under the age of 30. The Government must act to stop this rising becasue the Job Support Scheme is not enough.

"They must accept calls from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to give the area what it needs and talk constructively with local authorities.

"If West Yorkshire is forced into Tier 3, we need to know now so we can start preparing now, everyone is worried.

"Based on our population of more than two million, West Yorkshire will need as a starting point £75 million. Anything less would be an insult to the people of the North.

"I will never stop fighting for my constituents. The Government must now step up and give us the support we need."

The debate is ongoing.