A NEW FOREST MP has called for Parliament to debate new Christmas restrictions after Boris Johnson's u-turn.

The Prime Minister announced a raft of changes to existing Christmas rules on Saturday afternoon, creating a new Tier 4 level and specifying that gatherings can only be held on one day.

The move has angered a number of Tory MPs, and there are now calls for Parliament to have a say.

Sir Desmond Swayne, MP for New Forest West, suggested that the Government is frightened of its own Parliament.

He told a radio programme: Conservative Sir Desmond Swayne, MP for New Forest West told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Yes, they’ve been looking at it since September and how convenient when Parliament went into recess on Thursday suddenly they were then able to produce this revelation.

“Let’s see the evidence then, let’s have Parliament back and show us and convince us, come clean.

“I want Parliament to be recalled so we can scrutinise properly in a democracy decisions that are being made which affect our economy radically and our liberty.

“The recall of Parliament requires a request by the Government to the Speaker, why would the Government be so reluctant to recall Parliament?

“Is it that it’s not sure of the evidence that it has and that its case isn’t as convincing as it ought to be, what’s Government frightened of?

“Frightened of its Parliament?

“The arrangements for Christmas were explicitly voted on by Parliament. If they’re to be changed then in my view, Parliament should vote again.”