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Andrew Murrison MP
Dr Andrew Murrison MP.

Local MP Dr Andrew Murrison, MP for South West Wiltshire, today voted in the House of Commons to allow national lockdown measures, as parliament was recalled from recess for the second time in seven days.

Dr Murrison has previously been hesitant in backing blanket lockdown measures – because of the toll on lives, livelihoods, and liberties – and he again emphasised that it was with a ‘heavy heart’ that he did so today, despite them being ‘clearly necessary’ on the basis of evidence currently available and an alarming escalation in the number of cases and deaths.

But he went on to call for ‘more granularity on numbers (of vaccines) and a better idea as to what constitutes an exit strategy’.

The local MP  suggested lockdown might reasonably be lifted when covid vaccination had reached a level that reduced likely deaths to a level society and politicians accept in a bad year for seasonal flu. He also pointed to excess deaths caused by lockdown from non-covid related conditions, mental health issues and damage to liberty, livelihood and the economy.

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