MEMBERS of Parliament have voted in favour of keeping the 10pm curfew for bars and restaurants.

The Government won the vote with 299 MPs in favour and 82 MPs voting against, but that includes 42 Conservatives who rebelled against Boris Johnson.

One of those Tory MPs was Esther McVey, the member for Tatton.

Following the vote, she wrote on Twitter: “Along with like-minded colleagues I voted against the 10pm curfew. Labour again sat on their hands and didn’t have an opinion.”

Mid Cheshire’s other Conservative MPs – Edward Timpson for Eddisbury and Fiona Bruce for Congleton – both voted with the Government.

Just 23 MPs from the Labour Party voted against the Government, including former leader Jeremy Corbyn, as members on the front bench were whipped to abstain.

Labour's leadership had wanted to make amendments to the measures being voted on, rather than vote them down entirely.

That meant that Weaver Vale MP Mike Amesbury, who is the party’s shadow housing minister, was one of the Labour members who did not vote.

However, Mr Amesbury spoke out against the curfew in Parliament on Monday.

He said: "In the Cheshire West and Chester part [of my constituency], we have the ​nonsense of the 10 pm curfew, which does not follow the evidence and needs to be reviewed and changed.

"Look at this again, Prime Minister. Step up and look at this again."

Earlier this evening, MPs approved the Government’s three tier Covid-19 alert level system for England after supporting three motions in the House of Commons.

That means both Cheshire East and West boroughs will be in a tier two lockdown from tomorrow, October 14.

Households will be banned from mixing indoors, but the rule of six will apply outdoors, and pubs and restaurants will continue to operate.

Mrs Bruce told the Guardian: "I regret these restrictions on our freedom but they are necessary if, together, we are to protect people and save lives.”