Some Tory MPs to boycott conference if vaccine passports required for entry

Some Tory MPs to boycott conference if vaccine passports required for entry

A growing number of Tory MPs have revealed they plan to boycott the party’s annual autumn conference over fears they will need a vaccine passport to gain entry. The outcry from Boris Johnson’s backbenchers is growing, after his surprise announcement on Monday that the documents will be required in some venues, including nightclubs, from the end of September. MPs declaring they would not be attending include Steve Baker and Mark Jenkinson, who said on Thursday that he was double-jabbed and had booked a conference ticket but would refuse to go “if we’re excluding people on the basis of their vaccination status”. Lady Helena Morrissey also ruled herself out on the same grounds. Plans for domestic certification had been shelved just a few weeks ago, though the government had admitted they could be brought back when the country would probably face a fresh surge of Covid and flu cases after the summer. With infections already soaring, ministers have said the vaccine passports will be required in indoor, unventilated spaces where lots of strangers mix. Downing Street has refused to provide a …
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