Political leaders in Manchester and the North East have resisted the imposition of tier 3 coronavirus restrictions by the government.

Greater Manchester MPs worked together to present a united front against the imposition of the highest level of restrictions, meaning Matt Hancock was unable to announce the measure in the Commons.

A Labour MP told The Guardian the Greater Manchester areas nine Tory MPs and 18 Labour MPs were united against imposing tier 3.

Meanwhile council leaders in the North East have met and agreed they will oppose the government’s plans to place the region in tier 3, Gateshead council leader Martin Gannon has said.

The leaders of Northumberland, Newcastle, South and North Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham held a meeting at 10am and agreed their opposition, stating that the current set of measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus were working and needed more time, Gannon said.