I: Hotel quarantine: Dominic Grieve and Lord Sumption criticise 10-year sentence for breaking ‘red list’ rules

20 February 2021
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The Government’s decision to threaten travellers with a jail sentence of up to 10 years if they lie about visiting a country with a high risk of Covid-19 variants, has been criticised by leading Conservatives.

Former attorney general Dominic Grieve called the punishment “entirely disproportionate”, adding that ministers had made a “mistake”.

On Tuesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced a crack down on travelling to ensure new and infectious coronavirus strains are not imported into the UK from abroad which could hamper efforts to tackle the pandemic.

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“Does Mr Hancock really think that non-disclosure of a visit to Portugal is worse than the large number of violent firearms offences or sexual offences involving minors, for which the maximum is seven years?”

Former Supreme Court justice Lord Jonathan Sumption

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