NEWCASTLE’S MP has questioned Boris Johnson over Mike Ashley’s decision to stay open during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Labour MP Chi Onwurah asked Mr Johnson during Prime Minister’s Questions what he made of the discovery that Mr Ashley was not doing “the right thing”.

The PM replied: “The instruction to the gentleman in question and indeed every business is to follow what the Government has said, to obey the rules or to expect the consequences.

“That is the best way to look after not just their employees but their businesses as well.”

Downing Street said shops that breach lockdown measures could face unlimited fines, as well as introducing legislative measures to tackle profiteering.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told MPs: “Coronavirus can only be solved by people working together, and not against each other.”