Lancashire Live have reported that the vast majority of Lancashire’s Conservative MPs, including our MP Mark Menzies, have voted against the motion calling for all NHS and social care staff to be tested on a weekly basis for coronavirus.
Last Wednesday, Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth MP, the Shadow Health Secretary, tabled a motion for weekly Covid-19 testing for all NHS and social care staff, from doctors and nurses to administrative workers. This motion called on the Government to ‘implement a routine weekly testing programme for all NHS and social care staff to enable NHS services to safely resume and ensure the continuity of services throughout the winter alongside a functional, national, public test, trace and isolate system’.
Labour tabled the failed motion as part of an Opposition Day debate in Parliament.
The party said it would help ensure waiting list backlogs could be safely cleared, and was a demand echoed by former Tory Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in a column in The Daily Telegraph.
All of Lancashire’s Tory MPs voted against the motion apart from Ben Wallace (Wyre and Preston North), who abstained.
This list of Lancashire MPs includes Mark Menzies, together with Scott Benton (Blackpool South); Jake Berry (Rossendale and Darwen); Sara Britcliffe (Hyndburn); Katherine Fletcher (South Ribble); Antony Higginbotham (Burnley); Paul Maynard (Blackpool North and Cleveleys); David Morris (Morecambe and Lunesdale); and Andrew Stephenson (Pendle).
Nigel Evans, MP for Ribble Valley, did not vote on the issue due to the impartiality that comes with his role as Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.
Lancashire Live reported today (29th June, 2020) that they approached the nine MPs who voted against the motion, but received no response from any of their offices.