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28th May, 2022

Rugby MP to rebel against Government over new Covid restrictions

‘CONCERNED’ Rugby MP Mark Pawsey will rebel against the Government by voting against new coronavirus restrictions next week.

Mr Pawsey said he would be ‘unable’ to vote for the new measures when they go before MPs on Tuesday (December 14), branding them ‘inconsistent’.

The new measures include compulsory face coverings in most public indoor venues, working from home where possible, and the NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App becoming mandatory for entry into nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather.

Mr Pawsey said: “I am concerned by the inconsistency of a message that says it is safe to attend an office party, but not to go into work. I do not believe that Parliament should introduce any new restrictions which are not fully understood by the public or which do not have widespread support.”

He also expressed worry about the impact on the hospitality sector, fearing cancellations in the run up to Christmas.

He added: “I believe we should be careful about rushing into new restrictions at a time when assessments from both the US and EU are that the Omicron variant of Covid is less dangerous than those we have already experienced.

“I am hugely supportive of the advice to my constituents to receive two doses of the vaccine and a booster and continue to urge them to do so, but remain opposed in principle to proposals for mandatory vaccination or vaccine passports.

“Therefore, I will be unable to vote for these additional new measures when they come before the House on Tuesday.”

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