BORIS Johnson gave the green light for pubs in Bolton to re-open after a mutiny from the local Conservative Council.
The Prime Minister was faced with a ‘Red-Wall Revolt’ after his Government inflicted unfair restrictions on Bolton boozers and restaurants.
Health secretary Matt Hancock said that Bolton’s lockdown restrictions will be aligned with the rest of Greater Manchester.
Speaking in the Commons this morning, Mr Hancock said: “We’re also aligning the measures in Bolton with the rest of Greater Manchester and I’d like to pay tribute to David Greenhalgh, the leader of Bolton Council, for his constructive support and the Bolton MPs for all they’ve done in support of Bolton.”
Whilst Pubs will re-open – they will still be subject to a 10pm curfew.
MPs, local councillors and Politicalite called for the restrictions to be lifted as they were damaging the towns economy.
Leader of Bolton Council, David Greenhalgh told The Bolton News that he was “delighted” with the announcement.
He said: “I am delighted that Government has finally listened and realised the disparity and unfairness at the way our hospitality sector in Bolton has been treated.”
“I have done my very best to put the pressure on and highlight the inequality and the damage to our economy, to jobs and to local businesses, as I know many restauranteurs and landlords have, and this is now a victory for fairness and common sense, and for all those businesses who lobbied and put the case.”
“My first priority is to the residents and businesses of this town, and I will continue to fight for these businesses and for more financial help.”
Mark Logan, MP for Bolton North East, said: “Bolton North East’s pubs are back in business! It’s right that Ministers have finally listened to our calls to bring Bolton in line with the rest of Greater Manchester.”
“The hospitality sector will shortly be able to resume trading with the evening restrictions, allowing you to welcome customers back.”