Number of Tory MPs refuse to wear masks even after Sajid Javid’s plea

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A number of Tory MPs were seen in the House of Commons without facemasks, even after Sajid Javid’s pleas for them to “lead by example.”

A number of Tory MPs were seen in the House of Commons without facemasks, even after Sajid Javid’s pleas yesterday, October 20, for them to “lead by example.”

The Health Secretary appeared at a press conference yesterday afternoon, urging the public to wear face masks in crowds, try to meet people outdoors or in well-ventilated areas and take regular lateral flow tests due to soaring Covid cases in the UK.

The FT’s Seb Payne asked Javid during the press conference about Tory MPs appearing in the Commons without wearing masks, with Javid admitting Payne had a “very fair point” and that MPs should “set an example.”

However, this morning the majority of MPs were seen in the chamber without face masks.

The SNP’s Pete Wishart condemned the “ongoing comical appearance in this place of one side of the house wearing face masks and the other side not wearing them at all.”

He said: “I heard the secretary of state for health yesterday saying we should wear face masks in crowded and enclosed spaces. He even went as far as to say that MPs should be wearing and setting an example, so come on set that example!

“I’m looking around the house today and I’m looking at my Conservative colleagues and I don’t like picking on them because I think it’s unnecessary but I think there’s four out of fourteen wearing a face this morning.”

Jacob Rees-Mogg told Wishart that “there’s no advice to wear a face mask in workplaces and the advice on crowded spaces is with crowded spaces with people that you don’t know, we on this side know each other.”

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