Coronavirus: Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns fights tears in Commons after learning of friend’s death from COVID-19 | Political news

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A Tory MP held back tears as he spoke in the House of Commons shortly after learning that his friend had died from COVID-19.

Andrea Jenkyns, MP for Morley and Outwood, joined Tuesday night’s debate on the government’s fisheries bill.

However, before speaking on the bill, an emotional Ms Jenkyns told MPs: “If I can just take a few moments.

“I just received an SMS alerting me to the news that a good friend of mine – and former guitarist and former band member – has just died following a two-day battle with the coronavirus.

“I just want to send my love and prayers to his wife and pay homage to a gentle giant and a great guitarist, and a real family man.

“Then rest in peace, Steve.

As she began her contribution to the debate on the Fisheries Bill, her voice broke with emotion.

A few minutes before speaking in the Commons, she had posted on Twitter: “So sad, RIP to my friend, former band member and guitarist Steve, who died of COVID.

“A really decent guy and a family man who will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

“God bless the great and the prayers for the family. ”

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Earlier on Tuesday, Ms Jenkyns spoke in the House of Commons in favor of the new three-tier system of government COVID-19[feminine[feminine restrictions.

She said: “As Conservatives we instinctively suffer from the imposition of restrictions – I personally do that – but we would not do it unless it was critically necessary to protect lives.

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