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‘It’s all about putting the blame on us’: Lancashire’s reluctant path to tier 3 deal

As No 10 tries to divide and conquer, the Red Rose County’s consent comes at a price Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThere

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As No 10 tries to divide and conquer, the Red Rose County’s consent comes at a price

There was no lie-in for Lancashire’s leaders on Friday. The agenda for their 7am meeting: should the Red Rose County consent to joining Liverpool in the land of temperance with tier 3 restrictions? If so, at what price?

As the sun rose, five of Lancashire’s 14 local councils were holding out for more. Pendle, famed as the birthplace of the Quaker movement and the persecution of witches, wasn’t keen. Nor was Preston, whose socialist leader, Matthew Brown, was once praised for turning his city into “Corbynism on Earth”.

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