DOZENS of MPs and peers have signed a pledge opposing the introduction of vaccine passports.

The group of more than 70 politicians have joined privacy and human rights campaign groups in voicing their concerns about any form of immunity certificate showing protection against coronavirus, arguing they are “divisive and discriminatory”.

It comes after Labour leader Keir Starmer yesterday said that vaccine passports would be “un-British” and against the “British instinct”, however the Prime Minister indicated there would "definitely" be a role for them after the pandemic.

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Signatories of the pledge include Scottish Liberal Democrat MPs Wendy Chamberlain, Christine Jardine and Alistair Carmichael, former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, former director of Liberty Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, and over 40 MPs from the Conservative Covid Recovery Group.

They have been supported by campaign groups Big Brother Watch, the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), Liberty and Privacy International.

The pledge states: “We oppose the divisive and discriminatory use of COVID status certification to deny individuals access to general services, businesses or jobs.”

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Baroness Chakrabarti said: “International travel is a luxury but participating in your own community is a fundamental right, so internal Covid passports are an authoritarian step too far.

“We don’t defeat the virus with discrimination and oppression but with education, vaccination and mutual support.”

Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey MP said: “As we start to get this virus properly under control we should start getting our freedoms back, vaccine passports - essentially Covid ID cards - take us in the other direction.

“Liberal Democrats have always been the party for civil liberties, we were against ID cards when Blair tried to introduce them and we are against them now.

“Now I hope we can start to turn the tide on the creeping authoritarianism we are seeing from Number 10 across a broad range of issues.”

Conservative MP Sir Graham Brady MP said: “Covid-Status Certification would be divisive and discriminatory. With high levels of vaccination protecting the vulnerable and making transmission less likely, we should aim to return to normal life, not to put permanent restrictions in place.”

Speaking during a visit to Middlesbrough yesterday, Boris Johnson said there would "definitely" be a role for such certificates, adding: "There’s definitely going to be a world in which international travel will use vaccine passports.

"You can see already that other countries, the aviation industry, are interested in this and there’s a logic to that."

The full list of signatories to the pledge are as follows:

 

Labour 

Diane Abbot MP

Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP

Tahir Ali MP

Rebecca Long Bailey MP

Clive Lewis MP

Beth Winter MP

Rachel Hopkins MP

Apsana Begum MP

Richard Burgon MP

Ian Byrne MP

Dawn Butler MP

Jeremy Corbyn MP

Mary Kelly Foy MP

Ian Lavery MP

Ian Mearns MP

John McDonnell MP

Grahame Morris MP

Kate Osborne MP

Zarah Sultana MP

Claudia Webbe MP

Mick Whitley MP

Nadia Whittome MP

Baroness Chakrabarti

Baroness Bryan of Partick

Lord Woodley

Lord Sikka

Lord Hendy

 

Liberal Democrats

Ed Davey MP

Layla Moran MP

Munira Wilson MP

Alistair Carmichael MP

Daisy Cooper MP

Wendy Chamberlain MP

Sarah Olney MP

Christine Jardine MP

Jamie Stone MP

Tim Farron MP

Lord Scriven

Lord Strasburger

Lord Tyler

Lord Clement-Jones

 

Conservatives

Mark Harper MP

Steve Baker MP

Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP

Harriett Baldwin MP

Esther McVey MP

Adam Afriyie MP

Bob Blackman MP

Sir Graham Brady MP

Nus Ghani MP

Andrew Mitchell MP

Peter Bone MP

Ben Bradley MP

Andrew Bridgen MP

Paul Bristow MP

Philip Davies MP

Richard Drax MP

Jonathan Djanogly MP

Chris Green MP

Philip Hollobone MP

Adam Holloway MP

David Jones MP

Simon Jupp MP

Andrew Lewer MBE MP

Julian Lewis MP

Karl McCartney MP

Craig Mackinlay MP

Anthony Mangnall MP

Stephen McPartland MP

Anne Marie Morris MP

Sir John Redwood MP

Andrew Rosindell MP

Greg Smith MP

Henry Smith MP

Julian Sturdy MP

Sir Desmond Swayne MP

Sir Robert Syms MP

Craig Tracey MP

Jamie Wallis MP

David Warburton MP

William Wragg MP

Sir Charles Walker MP

 

NGOs/Business

Big Brother Watch

Liberty

Migrants Organise

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants

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Privacy International