What the papers say – October 21

Growing tensions over lockdowns in the North – with more set to follow – dominate the nation’s newspapers.

The Times leads on Manchester being forced into the highest tier of lockdown, a move The Guardian says has led to “chaos and fury”.

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Metro sums up the situation in the North as “tier and loathing”, while the i says Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing the “wrath of Manchester”.

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The Daily Mirror and The Independent lead on Manchester mayor Andy Burnham accusing the PM of “playing poker” with people’s lives by putting the city into Tier 3.

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And other Northern cities could soon follow, according to The Daily Telegraph.

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Meanwhile, the Daily Express leads on a call from Mr Johnson for regional leaders to pull together and work with the Government to conquer the coronavirus.

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The Daily Mail says police are urging pubs and restaurants to “snoop” on customers to make sure they stick to lockdown rules.

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The Financial Times examines Mr Johnson’s current battles on a few fronts, saying the PM is being “buffeted by tussles with city leaders, business and Brussels”.

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And the Daily Star returns to a favourite theme, depicting the Prime Minister, his adviser Dominic Cummings and Health Secretary Matt Hancock as clowns because of a “pub loophole” in the new coronavirus restrictions.

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