Boris is facing humiliation as Tory MPs threaten to skip the party convention, claiming they “won’t be going!”
A BOYCOTT of the Conservative Party conference is gaining traction, with a number of Tory MPs pledging to boycott due to proposals to implement vaccine passports.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled the immunization certificate plan on Monday. From the end of September, he said, entrance to large indoor events would need proof of two Covid shots.
It would no longer be enough to have natural immunity or a negative test result.
The revelation was made without warning to Conservative MPs, who had no idea the Prime Minister was doing a U-turn on the passport project.
Mr Johnson had previously ruled out requiring proof of vaccination as a condition of admission to domestic events.
The proposed rule change would almost certainly require a Commons vote.
Large corporate gatherings, including as political party conventions, would be required to provide proof of vaccination under the proposed legislation.
MPs are threatening to skip the Conservative Party convention if Covid certificates are required.
“I’m booked for the Conservative Party Conference, I’m doubly jabbed,” Workington MP Mark Jenkinson remarked.
“I’m not going to the conference if we’re rejecting folks based on their vaccination status.”
“With a heavy heart, and apologies to event organisers, likewise,” Steve Baker, deputy head of the anti-lockdown Covid Recovery Group, said on social media.
Meanwhile, Chris Green, the MP for Bolton West, has said he will not attend and will instead protest the measures.
He suggested that a “freedom zone” be established outside the conference center’s main entrance.
Amanda Milling, the Tory Party’s chairwoman, attempted to assuage backbenchers’ fears last night.
She said “no decisions have been made” on Covid jabs, citing concerns that a mass boycott would be humiliating for Mr Johnson.
However, No10 indicated earlier this week that it has already decided to implement the sanctions and has no plans to reverse its decision.
The Covid certificates will need to be voted on in the House of Commons before becoming legislation.
Around 40 Conservative MPs have already stated that they will vote against the mandatory passports.
As a result, any vote on their introduction will be on a knife’s edge, with Labour pledging to vote against them.
“We oppose the use of Covid vaccination status for everyday access to places and services,” stated a spokeswoman, Sir Keir Starmer.
“It’s expensive, vulnerable to fraud, and impractical.
“Just because you’ve been double-jabbed doesn’t mean you’re not infected.
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