Lockdown-sceptic Tory MPs demand a vote on bringing back masks


Lockdown-sceptic Tory MPs demand a vote on bringing back masks after Sajid Javid said MPs may not debate the move for weeks after it becomes law

  • Mark Harper MP last night demanded a vote be help on mask mandates
  • A number of backbench Tories may stage a rebellion but it is expected to pass
  • The regulation change on use of face coverings will go before Parliament  










Lockdown-sceptic Tory MPs have demanded a vote on bringing back masks after Sajid Javid said MPs many not debate the move for weeks after it becomes law.

Mark Harper, chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of lockdown-sceptics Tory MPs, last night demanded that a debate and vote should be held tomorrow. 

A number of backbench Tories may stage a rebellion, but it is thought unlikely Labour will oppose the restrictions, virtually guaranteeing they will pass. 

The regulation change on use of face coverings will go before Parliament today and come into effect at 4am tomorrow.

But MPs do not have a vote on the measures before they are brought in because of a proceedings quirk.

A raft of new Covid rules were announced by PM Boris Johnson at a Downing Street press conference on Saturday (pictured)

A raft of new Covid rules were announced by PM Boris Johnson at a Downing Street press conference on Saturday (pictured)

Mark Harper (pictured), chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of lockdown-sceptics Tory MPs, last night demanded that a debate and vote should be held tomorrow

Mark Harper (pictured), chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of lockdown-sceptics Tory MPs, last night demanded that a debate and vote should be held tomorrow

Mr Javid said yesterday a vote only needs to be help within 28 days, potentially weeks after the changes are made.

Mr Harper said: ‘Ministers have confirmed that they are going to lay the legislation required on Monday. I think it’s important that MPs get the chance to debate and vote on that legislation at the earliest possible opportunity.’

He said a vote on Tuesday would be a litmus test for how seriously ministers take Parliament’.

It comes after weeks of fractious relations between Tory backbenchers and Downing Street because of ‘Tory sleaze’ headlines.

The legal changes could be in place for any length of time, but Mr Javid said he wanted the restrictions to be ‘temporary’ with a review in three weeks. 

Mr Javid said yesterday a vote only needs to be help within 28 days, potentially weeks after the changes are made (file image)

Mr Javid said yesterday a vote only needs to be help within 28 days, potentially weeks after the changes are made (file image) 

The return of mandatory facemasks in shops and on public transport was one of the new measures announced on Saturday

The return of mandatory facemasks in shops and on public transport was one of the new measures announced on Saturday 

Britain will be hit by new travel restrictions, heightened testing and the return of compulsory facemasks in shops under new curbs announced by Boris Johnson to combat the new Omicron variant of Covid.

Tens of thousands of winter holidays will be affected as those returning from anywhere abroad must take PCR tests and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

As it emerged that one of the two people infected with the Omicron variant in the UK was double-jabbed, scientists at Britain’s top secret Porton Down laboratory were studying swabs from the cases to determine how the ‘super mutant’ strain reacts to vaccines.

In another significant development, it was announced that anyone who comes into contact with someone infected with the new variant must self-isolate for ten days, regardless of their vaccination status.

Outlined by a businesslike Johnson at a Downing Street press conference, the new rules – set to be in place for at least three weeks – were met with dismay by the travel industry.    



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