Yeovil MP rebels
Marcus Fysh voted against the Government yesterday in a debate on public health. The government brought forward a new bill to set out regulations to contain the COVID 19 pandemic. The exact title of the bill: “The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2020 (S.I., 2020, No. 1029).
Following a debate in the House of Commons, Mr Fysh voted against the bill along with 41 other Conservatives. Somerset’s other MPs all back the Government position. Ironically he ended up voting the same way as Exeter Labour MP Ben Bradshaw. The two had a very public feud on the ITV news just a couple of days ago after Mr Fysh suggested people from his constituency shouldn’t visit Exeter.
Mr Fysh’s objections to the Bill were largely around the imposition of a 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants. There has been a lot of criticism of the curfew from the hospitality sector. The idea appears to have very little science behind it. It may even increase the risk of spreading the virus. Since the liberalisation of licensing laws, pubs and restaurants closing times tend to be staggered across the evening. By enforcing a 10pm curfew across the board, people are thrown out at the same time.
This inevitably creates large crowds in town centres and on public transport. Exactly the sort of conditions the government is supposed to be trying to stop.