MID Worcestershire’s MP has explained he voted for the second national lockdown as infections rates are rising nationally.

Nigel Huddleton said: “The government felt the need to bring in national measures because the infection rates are rising in all parts of England including regions where infection rates were relatively low.

"In fact, the rate of increase recently has been highest in some of the areas with the lowest infection rates.

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"While there was some evidence recent measures in the highest tier areas were helping to flatten the curve and the spread of infection, that was not enough – infection rates were still increasing in most areas.

“We need to not just flatten, but effectively bring infection rates down sharply.”