Show us 'the real costs of Covid-19': Tory backbench leader Sir Graham Brady demands ministers start accounting for the wider impact of lockdowns on NHS care and the economy and act in 'the best interests of the nation as a whole' | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Show us 'the real costs of Covid-19': Tory backbench leader Sir Graham Brady demands ministers start accounting for the wider impact of lockdowns on NHS care and the economy and act in 'the best interests of the nation as a whole'

Sir Graham Brady said the Government had 'a duty to take into account the best interests of the nation as a whole' but could not do that without vast improvements in the data available to it.

Sir Graham, the chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservatives, is the MP for Altringham and Sale West in Greater Manchester, which was last week placed in the highest Tier 3 lockdown.

He said that the Department of Health and Social Care should compile and publish data on deaths caused by reduced access to care, and for the Treasury to do the same about 'shuttered businesses and lost jobs'.

He warned that amid Labour demands for a 'circuit break' lockdown and increasing numbers of cities being placed into the Very High lockdown, there needed to be recognition of 'the extraordinary toll that these measures are taking on the country'.

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