A handful of Labour MPs have indicated they will defy the party whip to vote against the government this time. Richard Burgon (Leeds East), Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish), Emma Lewell-Buck (South Shields) and John Spellar (Warley) have all indicated they will oppose the measures, while Kate Osborne (Jarrow) said she was 'leaning' in that direction. Frontbencher Cat Smith (Lancaster & Fleetwood) had already announced she would refuse to vote in favour of the new lockdown, something which may have swayed her leader into retreating onto the fence rather than face potential resignation(s) by backing the measures.
Not one Labour MP voted against the November lockdown, so if these MPs oppose the new lockdown measures this is a clear further indication of the growing tide of public discontent. Pressure is growing to end the nightmare, in particular given the continuing downward trend of infections and hospital admissions.