Mansfield MP welcomes news that Covid jab will ‘not be forced on anyone’

Mansfield MP Ben Bradley has welcomed a Government announcement that no one should be forced to have a Covid vaccine.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 3:45 pm

Mr Bradley says he has received hundreds of emails from constituents who have raised concerns that people should not be forced to have the jab against their will.

But speaking during a debate on Vaccine Passports on Tuesday, Paymaster General Penny Mordaunt insisted the vaccine would not be made compulsory – a move welcomed by the MP.

“I’ve received hundreds of emails from constituents across Mansfield and Warsop, who have been incredibly concerned at the implications of people being forced to have this medical procedure against their will, or to effectively be left with no choice because their lives would be limited if they don’t,” said Mr Bradley.

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The Covid 19 vaccination programme is being rolled out nationwide.

"I was pleased to receive confirmation from the Paymaster General that this will never be the case, and the backing of the whole cross-party group of MPs present.”

However, the MP stressed that he ‘believes in the vaccine’ and that ‘everyone should have it’ as part of the ongoing battle to tackle the virus.

But he says it would ‘not be right to force or coerce people against their will by restricting their rights’.

“Whilst I personally believe that it is right to be vaccinated, and that the vaccine roll out will help us get back to some kind of normal, I also believe that people should have control over their bodies and choose whether or not to be vaccinated,” he said.

Mansfield MP Ben Bradley.