Full list of Tory rebels who opposed No 10’s Covid pass plan

 Full list of Tory rebels who opposed No 10’s Covid pass plan

Boris Johnson faced the biggest rebellion of his premiership on Tuesday as dozens of his own backbenchers opposed the new rules around Covid passes.

A total of 127 MPs defied the Prime Minister’s so-called “vaccine passport” scheme. Of these, 100 were Conservatives, including two tellers.

Under the planned restrictions, people wanting to attend large events will require either two doses of a vaccination – which will become three after a “reasonable” amount of time – or a recent negative lateral flow test.

The measure passed with 369 MPs voting in favour, and was due to come into law on Wednesday.

Why did Tory MPs oppose the Covid Pass and other new rules?

Many MPs who backed broader measures before and during the vaccine rollout opposed the new Covid Pass requirements, which came into force on Wednesday.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown told Sky News after the vote that the scale of Tuesday night’s rebellion showed there was “quite a major division” in the Conservative Party.

“The Prime Minister’s really got to think very carefully about how he’s going to reset his performance to actually govern with a united party, because we all know what happens to disunited parties,” he said.

“I think he can do it but I think it is going to involve a major change to the way he does things and consults us, basically.  If he realises that he’s got it wrong, comes back in the New Year and does things in a different way, consults the party more, then we’ve got a chance of being united. If that doesn’t happen, we’re in big trouble.

“If this goes on… Some of us in the party will be thinking we’ve got to have a change. I’m still with him, I’m still backing him, but he’s got to change.”

Robert Buckland, the former Justice Secretary, and Tobias Ellwood, a former defence minister, were among the moderate Tory voices who voted against new restrictions.

Mr Buckland told the BBC’s Newscast podcast that he supported “the thrust” of the proposed rules, but added: “I think there’s a problem with us merrily going down the road of compulsion and a uniform approach where there isn’t the clearest evidence base.”

Asked about his view on vaccine passports last weekend, Mr Ellwood told The Telegraph: “You have a very weary nation that wants to get through Covid but is questioning the tactics and if the science isn’t there to back this up then you will lose the support of the very people you are trying to lead.”

Steve Baker, the MP for Wycombe and a lockdown sceptic, said it was “vital that the maximum number of Conservative MPs vote against Plan B, whatever our useless opposition do”. He had previously described the prospect of more stringent curbs as a “road to hell”.

Mark Harper, chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of backbench Tories, called on ministers to “stop ruling by decree” and said the available data on omicron does not justify Plan B rules. This was echoed by Dr Liam Fox, the former Defence Secretary, who claimed it was “difficult to justify” extra measures.

William Wragg heckled Sajid Javid over vaccine passports in Parliament and shouted at him to “resign”, while Graham Brady, the chairman of the influential 1922 Committee, described the Government’s approach as “self-defeating”.

Tim Loughton, the MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, said the regulations were not “proportionate and fair”.

Some Tory MPs opposed all of the measures, including work-from-home measures and the use of face coverings in most indoor venues.

Ben Bradley, the MP for the Red Wall constituency of Mansfield, who was elected in 2019, said last week: “I cannot vote for restrictions ‘just in case’ at a time when hospitalisations and deaths are falling. I don’t believe the evidence supports Plan B and I will not vote for it.” 

And Miriam Cates, the MP for the Red Wall constituency of Penistone and Stocksbridge, also voted against all Plan B measures.

Full list: The Tory MPs who voted against the Government on ‘vaccine passports’

  • Adam Afriyie
  • Lee Anderson
  • Shaun Bailey
  • Siobhan Bailie
  • Steve Baker
  • Hariett Baldwin
  • John Baron
  • Scott Benton
  • Bob Blackman
  • Peter Bone
  • Ben Bradley
  • Karen Bradley
  • Sir Graham Brady
  • Andrew Bridgen
  • Steve Brine
  • Miriam Cates
  • Sir Christopher Chope
  • Brendan Clarke-Smith
  • Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
  • Tracey Crouch
  • Philip Davies
  • David Davis
  • Dehenna Davison
  • Jonathan Djanogly
  • Richard Drax
  • Sir Iain Duncan Smith
  • Tobias Ellwood
  • Dr Liam Fox
  • Louie French
  • Richard Fuller
  • Marcus Fysh
  • Nusrat Ghani
  • Jo Gideon
  • Chris Grayling
  • Chris Green
  • Damian Green
  • James Grundy
  • Robert Halfon
  • Stephen Hammond
  • Mark Harper
  • John Hayes
  • Adam Holloway
  • Tom Hunt
  • Mark Jenkinson
  • David Jones
  • Simon Jupp
  • Alicia Kearns
  • Julian Knight
  • Sir Greg Knight
  • Robert Largan
  • Andrea Leadsom
  • Sir Edward Leigh
  • Andrew Lewser
  • Dr Julian Lewis
  • Chris Loder
  • Mark Logan
  • Jonathan Lord
  • Tim Loughton
  • Craig Mackinlay
  • Anthony Mangnall
  • Karl McCartney
  • Stephen McPartland
  • Esther McVey
  • Stephen Metcalfe
  • Damien Moore
  • Robbie Moore
  • Anne Marie Morris
  • Holly Mumby-Croft
  • Sir Robert Neill
  • Dr Matthew Offord
  • Mark Pawsey
  • Sir Mike Penning
  • John Penrose
  • Andrew Percy
  • Tom Randall
  • John Redwood
  • Laurence Robertson
  • Andrew Rosindell
  • Gary Sambrook
  • Bob Seely
  • Greg Smith
  • Henry Smith
  • Dr Ben Spencer
  • Jane Stevenson
  • John Stevenson
  • Julian Sturdy
  • Sir Desmond Swayne
  • Sir Robert Syms
  • Derek Thomas
  • Craig Tracey
  • Tom Tugendhat
  • Theresa Villiers
  • Christian Wakeford
  • Sir Charles Walker
  • David Warburton
  • Giles Watling
  • William Wragg

There were also two Conservative tellers who voted against the motion, Jackie Doyle-Price and Philip Hollobone.

How MPs voted on working from home, vaccine passports and masks

Separate votes took place on Tuesday evening on working from home, vaccine passports and face masks. Labour lent its support the Government on all of these measures, saying it wanted to put “the national interest” before public health.

A total of 441 MPs voted to extend the list of places where face coverings must be worn, with 41 voting against including 38 Tory MPs.

The Conservative MPs who voted against extending the mask mandate were Andrea Leadsom, Andrew Bridgen, Andrew Rosindell, Anne Marie Morris, Anthony Mangnall, Bob Blackman, Brendan Clarke-Smith, Chris Green, Craig Tracey, David Jones, David Warburton, Derek Thomas, Esther McVey, Gary Sambrook, Greg Smith, Jonathan Djanogly, Jonathan Lord, Julian Knight, Karl McCartney, Lee Anderson, Mark Jenkinson, Mark Pawsey, Miriam Cates, Pauline Latham, Peter Bone, Philip Davies, Richard Drax, Scott Benton, Shaun Baker, Sir Charles Walker, Sir Christopher Chope, Sir Desmond Swayne, Sir Edward Leigh, Sir Graham Brady, Sir Robert Syms, Stephen McPartland, Steve Baker and William Wragg.

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