Fysh votes against lockdown
The vote in the House of Commons this afternoon was as expected. Boris Johnson’s Bill to introduce a second four week lock down to 2 December was duly passed. It was not close with 516 in favour and 38 against.
James Heappey, MP for Wells and Rebecca Pow, MP for Taunton both managed to find excuses and recorded no vote.
Ian Liddell Grainger, MP for Bridgwater and west Somerset and David Warburton (Somerton & Frome) bothe voted with the Government in favour of the lockdown rules.
But Marcus Fysh whose Yeovil constituency also takes in Ilminster and Chard voted against the lockdown. He was joined by 32 other Conservatives, 3 DUP members and an Independent.
The lockdown commences at one minute past midnight. However this is not of the same order of magnitude as the lockdown in the spring. Garden centres will be allowed to open as well as food shops, petrol stations, convenience stores and newsagents. Pubs will be allowed to sell alcohol to take away as well as takeaway food. Something which will be some (but poor) consolation for the hospitality trade.
Once again the measures feel muddled. Its strict, but not that strict. Workers who do not need to go to an office are encouraged to work from home. but that is the same advice that has been issued since the first lockdown restrictions were eased. Vulnerable people are not required to “shelter” this time around.