SHIPLEY MP Philip Davies (Con) has said a lockdown is the wrong move and feels Bradford is being punished for the actions of those in the South.

The country was plunged back into another national lockdown last night, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted after the country's chief medical officers warned that without action there was a risk of the NHS “in several areas” being overwhelmed.

"It's clear that we need to do more together to bring this new variant under control. In England we must go into a national lockdown that is tough enough," he said.

Speaking ahead of the announcement last night, Mr Davies said: “I’m against these lockdowns and arbitrary restrictions. We’ve got a situation where cases in London and the South-East are five times higher than in the Bradford district.”

Mr Davies outlined that it seems the direction of attack is to impose regional restrictions when cases are low in the capital, but high elsewhere, and then plunge the whole country into a lockdown when cases rise to high levels in London.

He said: “It’s completely unacceptable and, again, it’s going to destroy lots of people’s businesses. I don’t think there’s the justification to do that.

“What’s the end game here? Is there going to be a lockdown forever?

“We’re in perpetuity and bankrupting our companies for a virus that has a survival rate of 99.5 per cent. It’s a one dimensional approach.”