A growing number of Conservative MPs have revealed they plan to boycott the party 's annual fall conference, fearing it will 'need a vaccination passport to enter.
The outcry from the back deputiesBoris Johnson's era-ban grows, after his surprise announcement Monday that documents will be required in some locations, including nightclubs, from the end of September.
MPs saying they will not be attending include Steve Baker and Mark Jenkinson, who said on Thursday he was double hit and had booked a ticket conference but would refuse to go "if we exclude people on the basis of their immunization status". Lady Helena Morrissey also opted out for the same reasons.
National certification projects were scrapped just a few weeks ago, although the government admitted they could be brought in at a time when the country would likely face another wave of Covid and flu cases after the summer.
With infections already on the rise, ministers said passports for vaccines will be required in unventilated indoor spaces where many foreigners mingle.
Downing Street declined to provide a clearer definition of places that will be affected, leaving open the possibility that they will include pubs and bars , prompting MPs to expect certificates at the Conservatives' conference in Manchester in October.
The Guardian a revealed on Tuesday that some backbenchers said they would skip the rally ring.
One of them said he "wouldn't go to a place requiring that sort of thing, including my own party conference ".
They have addedThey were confident enough that the Tories would unite to kill any attempt to make vaccine passports mandatory, but if "for some inexplicable reason " the government won a vote, they would boycott the event.
Another said that the "events of the weekend " - referring to Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak turning back after initially refusing to go isolate - had shown " very clearly that you cannot have one rule for politicians and another for the public ", meaning that there was" no doubt "that vaccine passports would be needed to the Conservative Conference.
"Accordingly, it should come as no surprise if a number of Conservative MPs and activists refuse to attend They said.
They were joined several days later by Steve Baker, the Covid Recovery Group vice-chairman of lockdown-skeptical MPs, who said "with a heavy heart and an apology to the event planners" he was willing to agree.
A Conservative Party spokesman did not rule out that vaccine passports are mandatory for delegates, saying: "The party will follow government directives . "