Nadia Whittome, MP for Nottingham South (Credit: Parliament UK)

A Nottingham MP has called for more booster jabs and increased sick pay to help reduce the spread of covid this Christmas.

Nadia Whittome, Labour MP for Nottingham East, has contacted the Health Secretary demanding more vaccinations as people make their festive plans.

Nadia also requested for statutory sick pay to be increased, as she believes this is the main public health measure preventing people from being able to follow the government’s guidance.

This comes after No 10 urged people not to cancel their Christmas parties earlier this week.

Nadia said: “I think that the decision on whether people should have Christmas parties this year should be based on the science and the number of Covid cases.

“It also depends on whether sufficient mitigations are put in place like testing, vaccines and boosters, and how quickly these are distributed.”

On Tuesday, Boris Johnson was accused of allowing a party to go ahead in No 10 in the run up to last Christmas when London was in the grips of Tier 3 restrictions.

Even though Downing Street has insisted that no Covid rules were broken, the PM has since rejected the opportunity to address the allegations.

Commenting on this, Nadia added: “I think it’s disgraceful that the day before this party, people were told by Number 10 to stay at home, that they had to keep away from their families, and that essentially Christmas would be cancelled.

“But not for them – not for the wealthy and powerful.

“It’s another case of one rule for them and another rule for everyone else.

As of today, The Labour Party have cancelled their annual pre-Christmas gathering over concerns about the current Covid situation.