Welsh Tory MP warns against ‘abominable’ compulsory vaccination after Johnson rolls out Covid passes
A Welsh Tory MP has warned the UK Government against making vaccines compulsory, saying that he and others from the party would not support it.
Clwyd West MP David Jones made the comments came after Boris Johnson announced that a Covid pass, proving vaccination or a negative test, will be required in English nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather from a week’s time.
It brings England into line with Wales which has already implemented Covid passes for large events, cinemas and theatres. Covid passes for hospitality, including bars and restaurants, are among measures being discussed by Welsh ministers for announcement on Friday.
The UK Government’s plan is likely to lead to discomfort among Conservative MP, many of whom oppose what they see as a curtailment of civil liberties.
“I do hope nobody in Government is flirting with the idea of compulsory vaccination,” David Jones said. “That would be abominable, and I and very many colleagues simply wouldn’t support it.”
Devon MP Simon Jupp also said that he wouldn’t be supporting the new measures in England.
“Vaccine passports are divisive and discriminatory,” he said. “They do not stop the spread of Covid. Plan B will cost jobs in many sectors, including hospitality. Working from home won’t help our social or economic recovery.”
The measures are likely to pass in the House of Commons with Labour’s support, even if some Conservative MPs rebel.
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