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Support for mandatory face masks is political blackmail, says DUP's Sammy Wilson

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Attack: Sammy Wilson

Attack: Sammy Wilson

Attack: Sammy Wilson

Politicians who want the wearing of face masks to be made mandatory are "playing" on the public's fears, a DUP MP has said.

Sammy Wilson claimed those who support the policy are engaging in "political blackmail", insisting the statistical evidence for the compulsory wearing of face masks is "weak".

England, Scotland and Wales have all made it mandatory for face coverings to be worn in order for people to enter shops and other outlets.