Campaigners from the Together Declaration group which opposes the introduction of vaccine passports will soon meet with members of the parliamentary Covid Recovery Group (CRG) along with other MPs and will together demand that the Government never imposes these passes, including under the pretext of an “exceptionally difficult winter“. The Sunday Express has the story.
Campaigners for the Together Declaration petition, already signed by almost 110,000 people, fear that the U.K. Government will be pushed into agreeing to a so-called ‘Plan B’ to bring in new restrictions over the winter.
It follows warnings by Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty last week that the NHS will “experience an exceptionally difficult winter” this year. …
Already, Sir Graham Brady, Chairman of the 1922 Committee, which represents backbench Conservative MPs has signed the declaration.
He said: “‘Vaccine passports would set an alarming precedent where our medical records become public and some people are subjected to discrimination as they seek to go about their everyday lives. Surely that isn’t the kind of society that we want to create?”
Another senior Tory MP, Sir Desmond Swayne added: “It is contrary to all our values and traditions to have to prove that we have undergone a medical procedure to go about our lawful business.
“It is coercive and discriminatory, the abandonment of liberal values; a frightful precedent to set. I am appalled that a Conservative Government could contemplate such a measure. If we start down this road the future is dark.”
Campaigners will meet former minister Steve Baker, Deputy Chairman of the powerful CRG, and other Parliamentarians tomorrow before unfurling a 40m banner in Parliament Square.
Other confirmed supporters include MPs Esther McVey, Philip Davies, Chris Green and Henry Smith as well as Baroness Fox and Lord Sharpe from the Lords. …
The declaration is being organised by campaigner Alan Miller who fears that vaccine passports in England will come.
He said: “The U.K. Government has never taken Plan B off the table and now they have happened in Wales and Scotland it will be very tempting to introduce them.”
The petition has also been signed by leading scientists and medics including Professor Karol Sikora, leading cancer specialist; and Marcantonio Spada, professor of Psychology at London’s Southbank University.
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Stop Press: This event has been postponed for a couple of weeks because both houses of Parliament will be closed tomorrow following the tribute to Sir David Amess.