Lockdown-sceptic Tory MPs demand a vote on bringing back masks after Sajid Javid said MPs may not debate the move for weeks after it becomes law 

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  • Mark Harper MP sought help last night vote on mask mandate
  • Many backbench Tories may revolt but it is expected to pass
  • Regulation change on use of face coverings to go before Parliament

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Lockdown-suspect Tory lawmakers have sought a vote on bringing back the masks after Sajid Javid said lawmakers had not debated it for weeks after it became law.

Mark Harper, chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of Tory lawmakers who doubted the lockdown, demanded last night that there should be a debate and vote tomorrow.

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Many backbench Tories may rebel, but it is believed that Labor will not oppose the sanctions, virtually guaranteeing they will pass.

The regulation change on the use of face coverings will go before Parliament today and will come into effect from 4 am tomorrow.

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But because of the strangeness of the proceedings, lawmakers do not have a vote before the measures are brought in.

The new COVID rules were announced by PM Boris Johnson at a Downing Street press conference on Saturday (pictured)

Mark Harper (pictured), chairman of the COVID recovery group of lockdown-skeptical Tory lawmakers, demanded last night that there should be a debate and vote tomorrow

Mark Harper (pictured), chairman of the COVID recovery group of lockdown-skeptical Tory lawmakers, demanded last night that there should be a debate and vote tomorrow

Mr Javid said a vote yesterday only needed help within 28 days, potentially weeks after the changes were made.

Mr Harper said: ‘The ministers have confirmed they are going to have the necessary legislation on Monday. I think it is important that MPs get a chance to debate and vote on that law as soon as possible.

He said the voting on Tuesday will be a test of how seriously ministers take Parliament.

It comes after weeks of torn ties between the Tory backbenchers and Downing Street due to “Tory sled” headlines.

The legal changes could be for any length of time, but Mr Javid said he wanted the ban to be ‘temporary’ with a review in three weeks.

Mr Javid said a vote yesterday only needed help within 28 days, potentially weeks after the changes were made (file image)

Mr Javid said a vote yesterday only needed help within 28 days, potentially weeks after the changes were made (file image)

The return of mandatory facemasks in shops and on public transport was one of the new measures announced on Saturday

The return of mandatory facemasks in shops and on public transport was one of the new measures announced on Saturday

The UK will be hit by new travel restrictions, increased testing and the return of mandatory facemasks in stores as part of the new restrictions announced by Boris Johnson to combat the new Omicron version of Covid.

Tens of thousands of winter vacations will be affected as those returning from anywhere abroad will have to undergo PCR tests and self-isolate until a negative result is obtained.

As soon as it emerged that one in two people infected with the Omicron variant had been double-pocketed in the UK, scientists at Britain’s top secret Porton Downs laboratory were studying swabs from the cases to determine if there was a vaccine. But how the ‘super mutant’ reacts to stress.

In another significant development, it was announced that anyone who comes into contact with someone infected with the new variant must self-isolate for ten days, regardless of vaccination status.

Outlined by Johnson, a businessman at a Downing Street press conference, the new rules – set in place for at least three weeks – were met with dismay by the travel industry.

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