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Member of Parliament for Altrincham and Sale West


Altrincham and Sale West MP Sir Graham Brady has intervened in the House of Commons in support of jobs at Manchester Airport.

He called on the Government to introduce a testing regime for air travellers rather than the 14-day quarantine period which has been suggested. A test-based approach is already in place elsewhere such as at Vienna Airport. He told the Commons:

‘The news of the proposed 14-day quarantine period for returning passengers is a hammer blow for the industry and threatens many more hundreds of thousands of jobs. If it looks like more than a temporary and selective measure, the result will be devastation for the industry and for the many jobs that depend on it.’

Link to the Commons debate:

Speaking later he said:

‘ We should all take the necessary precautions, but quarantine should only be considered where there is scientific or medical justification such as travel from high risk countries: Manchester Airport is an important employer locally and a crucial driver of the whole NW economy. The introduction of draconian measures not supported by the science would destroy jobs and businesses at a time when we need to rebuild opportunities. I want Ministers to rethink these proposals.’