Plan B: How did your MP vote on Covid passes and Plan B

All adults attending large events will have to show that they are either double-jabbed or had a recent negative test

Adults in England will now have to show a Covid pass to attend large venues from today (15 December) with new measures introduced to try and combat the spread of the Omicron variant.

The new rules, which were passed in the House of Commons last night - despite a huge Tory rebellion - mean that people need to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or a recent negative lateral flow test to enter big sports matches, nightclubs or other large events.

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The introduction of Covid passes, or ‘Covid passports’ has been a controversial issue since the idea first emerged in the summer, with some nightclub bosses believing their industry is being unfairly targeted.

Over-18s must show that they are either double-jabbed or had a recent negative test, which they can do with an NHS Covid Pass or text message or email from NHS Test and Trace.

The rules apply when visiting:

  • Nightclubs
  • Any venue with more than 10,000 people
  • Unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people
  • Indoor unseated venues with more than 500 people

What happened in the Covid pass vote last night?

Some 97 Conservative MPs defied the Government and voted against the introduction of mandatory Covid passes to access nightclubs and large venues.

However, the measures passed thanks to support from the Labour party.

The new rules were backed by 369 MPs while 126 opposed the plans.

The division list showed 96 Conservative MPs voted against - including one Birmingham MP.

Two Tory MPs also acted as tellers for the noes.

Eight Labour MPs, 10 Liberal Democrats, six DUP, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and Independent MPs Jeremy Corbyn and Rob Roberts also opposed the regulations, according to the list.

How did Birmingham MPs vote on Covid passes?

All of the city’s Labour MPs who voted on the measures voted in favour of the Plan B restrictions, with Conservative MP Gary Sambrook voting against.

  • Tahir Ali (Labour, Hall Green): No record
  • Liam Byrne (Labour, Hodge Hill): No record
  • Jack Dromey (Labour, Erdington): Yes
  • Preet Kaur Gill (Labour, Edgbaston): Yes
  • Khalid Mahmood (Labour, Perry Barr): Yes
  • Shabana Mahmood (Labour, Ladywood): No record
  • Steve McCabe (Labour Selly Oak): Yes
  • Jess Phillips (Labour, Yardley): No record
  • Gary Sambrook (Conservative, Northfield): No
  • Andrew Mitchell (Conservative, Sutton Coldfield): No record

You can see how all of the MPs in England voted in the map below


Plan B measures

Under the restrictions, any venue caught failing to check Covid passes could be fined up to £10,000. The faking of a pass could also attract the same penalty.

The other Plan B measures which were passed in Parliament last night include face coverings, which have been made compulsory in most indoor public venues, as well as on public transport.

People have also been told to work from home if they can.

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