Tatton MP Esther McVey has taken to social media this evening (1st Nov) to share her views on the second national lockdown announced by prime minister Boris Johnson last night.
The Cheshire MP indicated she will defy the government whip when the issue of a national lockdown is voted on in Parliament on Wednesday.
It’s understood that the Conservative government and Labour opposition both plan to back the new month-long restrictions, in effect a second nationwide lockdown, due to begin on Thursday.
Ms McVey said: “I will be voting against the new national lockdown on Wednesday when it comes before the House of Commons.”
She continued: “The ‘lockdown cure’ is causing more harm than Covid.
“The world can not be put on hold, and the Government must stop pressing the pause and stop button for the whole nation on a whim, with all the disastrous effects this brings to our lives, livelihoods, health and relationships.”
She added: “Let’s give the public clear guidance on who is most susceptible: the elderly and those with underlying health conditions; as well as those from the BAME community and those classed obese.
“Then, offer guidance on social distancing, mask wearing, hygiene and hand washing.
“Businesses have already introduced extra precautions for staff and customers which rightly need to be adhered to.”
She concluded: “The virus is here and we will be living with it for some time to come. We need to go about our daily lives whilst taking sensible precautions.
“Collapsing the economy is never a sensible solution to any problem.”