Older people will “rebel and risk prison” if they are forced to remain in lockdown longer while restrictions are eased, a former Tory pensions minister has warned.

Conservative peer Baroness Altmann argued such a requirement would be “age discrimination” and could cost lives as well as threatening social unrest.

Speaking to Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme, the former pensions minister said: “Using an age-based criteria would be fundamentally wrong and could potentially cost the lives of many people, and risk social unrest.”

She added that “many” older people have told her “they would rebel and they would risk going to prison” if they were asked to isolate for longer than the rest of the population.





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