The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has survived a revolt from more than 50 Tory rebels to win support for a new system of tiered coronavirus controls in England.

It means 99% of England will enter the toughest Tier 2 and 3 restrictions, after the second national lockdown ends tomorrow.

The Conservative government secured a majority of 213 votes for the new measures, with the Labour party ordering its members to abstain.

With Labour ordered its MPs to abstain, the measures passed despite senior Tories having lined up to criticise the measures.

In an attempt to lessen the scale of the rebellion, the Prime Minister announced a one-off payment of £1,000 for pubs forced to remain closed under the restrictions, though the move was branded "derisory" by the trade.

Mr Johnson acknowledged concerns of a perceived "injustice" in the allocation of tiers but reassured MPs that the Government would look at a more focused approach in the future.

The House of Lords was expected to approve the plans later this evening.

Speaking after the vote on the strengthened tiered system of coronavirus restrictions, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News: "It's a very important set of regulations to help the UK bridge into the spring, where we hope a vaccine will move us into a whole different place, and the reason that these regulations mattered is it allows us to move to a tiered approach which, backed up by mass community testing, will help us keep control of the virus and avoid another lockdown."

Asked if he is worried about future votes going forward, considering the Tory rebellion, Mr Raab said: "We listened to MPs on all sides of the House. We've passed this vote with a majority of over 200.

"The most striking thing about the numbers is that the leader of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer, abstained on the biggest issue facing the country today as we go through this pandemic and he's got nothing to say about it, no leadership, doesn't know what he thinks, or what the country should do."