NORTH Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin abstained from a vote on the extension of the Coronavirus Act and urged for more scrutiny of Parliament.

Speaking in a House of Commons debate on coronavirus on Monday Mr Wiggin said that a six-month extension was unnecessary and MPs must be given more opportunity to scrutinise decisions.

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After abstaining from the vote Mr Wiggin said: "We need to remember that both sides of the House are united in wanting to beat the disease and I know we would be complaining if we sat on the other side of the House, so we need to involve all MPs to get necessary actions approved. "My position on this has not changed because the concessions given today, although welcome, did not go far enough. "We could be three months from the roll out of a vaccine. "It is my firm belief that when we get the vaccine out to those most vulnerable in our society, we can begin to open up again. "The Government has secured 190 million doses with at least 100 million available by the end of the year. "We should be putting all efforts into vaccines as quick as possible and I will continue to push for this.”