Boris Johnson, the former Brexit chief, made an incredible snub for his ex-boss when he joined a hardline group Of Tories against Covid restrictions.
As a member of the Covid Recovery Group, backbenchers called Lord Frost a “hero” when he was accepted into a plot organizing WhatsApp group.
The former diplomat and drinks industry lobbyist, who was made a peer by the Prime Minister, quit before Christmas over the Government’s direction on Covid, taxes and green policies.
He negotiated Britain’s departure from the EU, which has been in the spotlight over the past year amid fights with Brussels over problems with the agreement he made involving Northern Ireland.
Joining the CRG group on the popular messaging app he said he was ‘looking forward to helping’ and was called a ‘hero’ by chairman Steve Baker.
Lord Frost has joined the Covid Recovery Group of backbenchers opposed to restrictions and was welcomed into a plot-organising WhatsApp group
Before Christmas, the former diplomat and lobbyist for the drinks industry quit over Government direction regarding Covid, taxes, and green policies.
After joining the CRG Group on popular messaging app, he stated he was “looking forward to helping” and was called by Chairman Steve Baker a ‘hero”.
Lord Frost said before Christmas that Boris Johnson’s Covid policies were too coercive and Plan B was not for him.
After previously agreeing with the premier to leave his job as Brexit minister in January, the peer resigned with immediate effect. He cited concerns about ‘the current direction of travel’.
Sky News was told at that time by Johnson and he that they were in agreement on Brexit matters but not on the wider Government policy.
In the midst of a dispute over Northern Ireland’s border regulations, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss was given responsibility to lead Brexit negotiations with EU.
CRG has been a strong opposition leader to Johnson’s Covid system, and helped organize rebellions at backbench votes in the days before Christmas. This demonstrated the anger over the effects of the pandemic upon the economy.
According to official statistics, today’s Covid case numbers in Britain hit 218,000.
This week’s number of infections represents an increase in infection by 58% over last week. However, it includes cases that were not yet resolved in Wales or Northern Ireland.
The number of hospitalizations in England continued to increase today, with 1,819 recorded on January 1st according to the most recent data. This represents a 42 percent rise over the week prior.
However, the statistics don’t distinguish between those admitted to hospital primarily because of Covid or those admitted with another illness who tested positive upon admission.
Ministers take comfort from Omicron’s London hotspot, where hospital admissions seem to have fallen already. London is currently two weeks ahead in terms of its outbreak. On New Year’s Day there were 347 hospital admissions, which is 7 percent less than the previous year.
Conservative backbenchers as well as business leaders are becoming increasingly angry that the country is being stopped by a variant which causes very few or none symptoms for the vast majority of the population.
MailOnline was informed by Craig Mackinlay, Tory MP and MP for Covid. He called on the PM to reduce the five-day quarantine to the same length as in France or the USA. This could be the solution to England’s isolation misery.
‘We’re almost facing a semi-lockdown because of people being off work who are perfectly well. You couldn’t make that up,’ he said. ‘The US must have put in a lot of effort… They have come up five days with the solution. Perhaps it is.’
Richard Walker, Iceland boss, said that 1,700 Iceland employees had been isolated since their absences have nearly doubled within the past week. The Iceland boss Richard Walker tweeted that it would be very useful to the business if the isolation was cut.