Sajid Javid warns MPs to 'set an example' by wearing a face mask

Sajid Javid warns MPs to ‘set an example’ by wearing a face mask… even though he went uncovered in the Commons

  • Sajid Javid said MPs should wear face masks in Commons to ‘set an example’
  • He said there could be more restrictions if people don’t wear them in crowds
  • Conservative benches in the Commons have been packed with maskless MPs

Sajid Javid suggested MPs should wear face masks to ‘set an example’ – despite failing to wear one himself in the Commons.

The Health Secretary warned there could be more coronavirus restrictions if people ‘don’t wear masks when they really should in a really crowded place’.

Saying that everyone has a ‘role’, he added that MPs must also ‘play our public roles’.

But when asked about why Conservative benches in the Commons were packed with maskless MPs, he conceded: ‘We’ve all got our role to play in this and we the people standing on this stage play our public roles.

‘That’s a very fair point and I’m sure a lot of people will have heard you.’

Sajid Javid suggested MPs should wear face masks to ‘set an example’ – despite failing to wear one himself in the Commons

Just a handful of Tory MPs were wearing face coverings in the Commons yesterday, and Mr Javid had previously suggested ministers did not need to as ‘they’re not strangers’.

He defended a mask-free Cabinet meeting last month saying: ‘What we said is that people should consider wearing masks in crowded places when they are with strangers, when they are with people they are not normally spending time with.’

Government guidance states: ‘You are expected and recommended to continue wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t usually meet.’ 

Just a handful of Tory MPs have been seen wearing face coverings in the Commons recently, and Mr Javid had previously suggested ministers did not need to as ‘they’re not strangers’

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