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NO TO LOCKDOWN: Hemel Hempstead MP votes against lockdown over potential impact on local community

 Published on: 7th November 2020   |   By: hallway   |   Category: Uncategorized

As the country settles in to the second lockdown, non-essential shops, gyms, pubs and restaurants have been forced to close.

This lockdown comes after COVID cases across the country continued to rise.

However, it has not be universally supported with some MPs voting against the move, including Sir Mike Penning MP for Hemel Hempstead.

He is against the move in support of his constituents due to the devasting impact the second lockdown could have on businesses.

Sir Mike Penning MP has also posted on Facebook announcing his objection to the lockdown and his support for his constituents.

He said: “The proposed restrictions will no doubt have a major impact on local businesses without, in my opinion, helping to repair the damage that has already been inflicted by the pandemic.

“I fully recognise that businesses and establishments, including gyms, sports venues and places of worship, in my constituency, and indeed across the whole country, have worked extremely hard to demonstrate that they can operate in a COVID-secure way. It seems illogical, therefore, to come away from the three-tiered local COVID Alert Level system and go back into a second total lockdown.

“It is incredibly sad to have seen a recent rise in hospital admissions due to COVID but I hold the view that this can continue to be managed with the local and regional approach, which has allowed us to achieve a balance between protecting public health and minimising the impact to the economy and people’s mental health.”

This is not the first time Sir Mike Penning MP has opposed a second lockdown, as he previously made a commitment to his constituents that he would revoke any proposal for a further lockdown.

The second lockdown is due to come to an end on December 2, with the hope that restrictions can then begin to be eased.

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