THE leader of another council has added his voice to opposition to suggestions that vaccination supplies to Lancashire could be cut by a third.

Last week Blackburn with Darwen borough's leader Cllr Mohammed Khan told the borough's Council Forum that any cut to Covid-19 immunisation supplies to the North West would be ‘a disaster’.

The Lancashire Resilience Forum's chair and county council chief executive Angie Ridgwell has also said: "We should not be penalised because other parts of the country have not done as good a job as us.

“We should not be slowed down so that others can 'catch up' because reducing our supply risks stalling our recovery from the pandemic."

Now Cllr Mohammed Iqbal, leader of Pendle Council, has said: “Getting people vaccinated in Pendle should be a top priority.

“We’ve had the longest restrictions here in Lancashire and Pendle has been one of the country’s hotspots due to the spread of Covid-19 here,

“The weekly number of new cases and rate of infection is still high in Pendle, with hospital admissions for people with Covid putting a huge strain on the NHS in East Lancashire.

“That’s why we are urging the government to immediately reconsider their plans to cut the amount of vaccine available in Pendle and the rest of Lancashire by a third."