Several deputies from our region vote against the government’s plan B | News
West Country health officials are urging everyone to continue to take reasonable precautions – after new restrictions were passed last night.
Author: Andrew KayPosted 2 hours ago
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A number of MPs in the west of the country voted against the government last night, as health officials in the region work to expand the rollout of the covid booster to more sites.
The region’s NHS is increasing the capacity of existing places as more people follow official advice for a recall.
Last night Boris Johnson’s leadership was called into question by some of his own Tory colleagues – after nearly 100 of his MPs rebelled against one of his key Plan B measures.
The list included Sir Geoffrey Clifton Brown, The Cotswolds, Liam Fox, North Somerset, Marcus Fysh, Yeovil, Mark Harper, Forest of Dean, Simon Jupp, East Devon, Chris Loder, West Dorset, Anthony Mangnall, Totnes, John Penrose, Weston Super Mare, Laurence Robertson, Tewkesbury and David Warburton, Somerton and Frome.
Almost a third of his MPs voted against the introduction of mandatory Covid passes in nightclubs and large venues, with many saying they were unhappy with the way Mr Johnson was running the country and his party.
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, treasurer of the 1922 committee, said a leadership challenge must “be on the agenda” for Mr Johnson in the new year if he did not change the way he worked with its deputies.
The introduction of Covid passes in England has gone through parliament – but only because Labor backed it.
These rules – for nightclubs and events such as sports matches and music concerts – come into effect today.
In Somerset, far from Parliament, work continued to roll out the booster jab to people following the increase in omicron cases.
Professor Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health for Somerset County Council, said: ‘While the emergence of a new variant of Covid was expected, the scientific community is urgently working to understand the impact of Omicron in regarding vaccines, treatments and transmissibility.
“We continue to work closely with the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) and regional partners to provide public health advice and support to people who have been identified as close contacts of Omicron cases. . UKHSA is the lead agency for responding to Omicron Covid19 cases. The global community is still learning more about this new variant and its potential impacts. ”
Councilor Clare Paul, member of the Somerset County Council for Health and Welfare, said: “It is more important than ever that everyone continues to take reasonable precautions and follow the national measures in place.
“This means washing your hands regularly, wearing face covers if necessary, having lateral flow tests before a high-risk period, such as visiting a family member or attending an event, receiving both doses of your vaccine and reserve your booster when you can. If you have symptoms of Covid, you should self-isolate immediately and have a PCR test. ”
“Covid-19 continues to pose challenges to our community both here in the South West and across the UK, making it more important than ever that we take care of our mental and physical health. Mindline Somerset is a confidential listening service, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their volunteers offer a friendly ear and can provide help or support with emotional health and well-being. The number to call is 01823 276 892. Plus, Healthy Somerset is a website full of ideas on how to stay healthy, happy and safe at home.
“For assistance with self-isolation, please contact our Coronavirus Hotline on 0300 790 6275. The hotline is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, including weekends.”
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