Lichfield and Burntwood’s MP says he is backing the Government’s new coronavirus measures in a vote today.
Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said he had made the decision after considering the impact on lives as well as livelihoods.
The new measures will see Lichfield and Burntwood moved into Tier 3 when the national lockdown ends.
He said the current pressure on hospitals meant it would be “highly irresponsible” of him to vote against the new regulations.
“While I understand the concern of some Conservative MPs from other parts of the country who feel their COVID-19 restrictions are too severe, the situation in Staffordshire and Lichfield district is very different.
“The most recent data show that Lichfield’s infection rate per 100,000 is still too high at 169, while the rest of Staffordshire is far higher.
“Because hospitals in the area are nearing capacity on COVID wards and we are surrounded by areas with very high infection rates, it would be highly irresponsible of me not to support these regulations today.
“The situation may have changed by the time the Government reviews the Tier levels in two weeks’ time.
“In voting today, I will be considering not only the livelihoods of my constituents, but their lives too.”Michael Fabricant MP