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North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara, South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes, and Corby and East Northamptonshire MP Tom Pursglove included on Russia's 'stop list' as Kremlin hits back at UK government

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Russia's foreign ministry has sanctioned North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara, Deepings MP Sir John Hayes as well as Corby and East Northamptonshire MP Tom Pursglove as it hits back at the British government's support for Ukraine.

The Conservative MP is included on the Kremlin's sanction list released at around lunchtime on Wednesday.

However, Gareth Davies, MP for Grantham and Stamford, Paul Bristow, MP for Peterborough, and Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns were not included on the list.

On the list: Shailesh Vara MP
On the list: Shailesh Vara MP

Mr Vara said: "I wasn't planning a visit to Russia, but being put on their banned list will not deter me from speaking out against Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine and its barbaric war crimes.

"The UK will continue to lead the way in its support for Ukraine, both with military equipment and humanitarian aid."

As news broke, MPs were wearing sanctions as a “badge of honour” after Moscow banned nearly 300 from entering Russia in retaliatory action over the UK’s response to the invasion of Ukraine.

On the list: Sir John Hayes MP. Photo: Tim Wilson
On the list: Sir John Hayes MP. Photo: Tim Wilson

A statement accused the Conservative and Labour members of “whipping up of Russophobic hysteria”.

The Russian foreign ministry announced it would continue to work on the expansion of the Russian 'stop list' in response to the British government's sanctions on oligarchs and the country itself following its invasion of Ukraine.

"Taking into account London's bet on the consistent strengthening of anti-Russian sanctions, work on retaliatory countermeasures, including the expansion of the Russian "stop list", will continue," said a statement from the Russian foreign ministry as it announced it was taking action against 287 members of the House of Commons, though its list contained numerous former MPs.

On the list: Tom Pursglove
On the list: Tom Pursglove

"The decision of the UK government to include 386 deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on the sanctions list, on the basis of reciprocity, imposes personal restrictions on 287 members of the House of Commons of the British Parliament.

"These persons, who are no longer allowed to enter the Russian Federation, took the most active part in the establishment of anti-Russian sanctions instruments in London, and contribute to the groundless whipping up of Russophobic hysteria in the UK.

"The hostile rhetoric and far-fetched accusations coming from the mouths of British parliamentarians not only condone the hostile course of London, aimed at demonising our country and its international isolation, but are also used by opponents of mutually respectful dialogue with Russia to undermine the foundation of bilateral cooperation."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson during PMQs (56331992)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during PMQs (56331992)

Boris Johnson said the MPs “should regard it as a badge of honour”, and multiple politicians welcomed being included on the list.

Tory former chief whip Mark Harper said he was “proud” to be included, ex-minister Andrew Murrison said he was “delighted”, while former Brexit secretary David Davis joked “how ever will I cope?”.

The sanctions list also includes ministers Jacob Rees-Mogg, Amanda Milling and Penny Mordaunt, as well as Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

Not sanctioned: Alicia Kearns
Not sanctioned: Alicia Kearns

But the supposed list of “members of the Conservative Party faction in the House of Commons” appeared well out of date.

Charlie Elphicke, who was thrown out of the party and jailed after being found guilty of three counts of sexual assault, was also included.

So too were Sir Oliver Letwin, Dominic Grieve and Justine Greening – who all had the whip withdrawn for rebelling over Brexit and were no longer MPs after the 2019 election.

Not sanctioned: Stamford and Grantham MP Gareth Davies
Not sanctioned: Stamford and Grantham MP Gareth Davies

Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Johnson said: “It’s I think no disrespect to those who haven’t been sanctioned, when I say that all those 287 should regard it as a badge of honour.

“And what we will do is keep up our robust and principled support for the Ukrainian people and their right to protect their lives, their families, and to defend themselves.

“That’s what this country is doing, and that has the overwhelming support, I think, of the whole House.”

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced the sanctions against the Duma on March 11.

List of Conservative MPs (or former MPs) have been sanctioned by Russia:

Stephen Paul Barclay

David Michael Davis

Charles George Eustice

Dominic Charles Grieve

Christopher Heaton-Harris

Jeremy Hunt

Alistair William Jack

Daniel Robert Kavchinski

Andrea Jacqueline Leadsom

Julian Murray Lewis

Esther Louise Mcvey

Penelope Mary Mordaunt

Caroline Fiona Ellen Nokes

Christopher John Pincher

Jacob William Rees-mogg

Mark Steven Spencer

Theresa Ann Villiers

Heather Kay Wheeler

Nigel Adams

Bim Afolami

Adam Afriyie

Peter James Guy Aldous

Lucy Elizabeth Allan

Stuart James Andrew

Edward John Compport Argar

Victoria Mary Atkins

Richard Michael Bacon

Kemi Badenoch

Steve John Baker

Harriet Mary Morison Baldwin

John Charles Baron

Alexander Paul Beresford

James Jacob Gilchrist Berry

Peter William Bone

Peter James Bottomley

Andrew Campbell Bowie

Ben David Bradley

Karen Anne Bradley

Jack Edgar Brereton

Andrew James Bridgen

Steve Brine

Fiona Claire Bruce

Michael Alex Burghart

Conor Burns

Alan Hugh Cairns

James Roger Cartlidge

William Nigel Paul Cash

Maria Colette Caulfield

Alexander John Gervase Chalk

Ata-ur-rehman Chishti

Joanna Peta Churchill

Simon Richard Clarke

Geoffrey Clifton-brown

Therese Anne Coffey

Alberto Castrenze Costa

Robert Alexander Courts

Tracey Elizabeth Anne Crouch

David Thomas Charles Davies

Edward Glyn Davies

Mims Jane Alice Davies

Philip Davies

Michelle Emma May Donelan

Steve Daniel Double

Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-ernle-drax

James Philip Duddridge

David James Duguid

Philip Martin Dunne

Michael Ellis

Charlie Brett Anthony Elphicke

Michael Louis David Fabricant

Victoria Grace Ford

Kevin John Foster

Mark Gino Francois

George William Freeman

Mike Whitney Freer

Marcus John Hudson Fysh

Roger James Gale

Mark Robert Timothy Garnier

Nusrat Munir Ui-ghani

Nicholas John Gibb

Paul William Girvan

John Philip Glen

Robert Goodwill

Richard Michael Graham

James Whiteside Gray

Christopher Patrick James Green

Damian Howard Green

Justine Greening

Dominic Charles Roberts Grieve

Samuel Phillip Gyimah,

Robert Henry Halfon,

Luke Anthony Hall

Greg William Hands

Mark James Harper,

Elizabeth Rebecca Scott Harris

Trudy Lynne Harrison

Simon Anthony Hart

John Henry Hayes

Oliver Heald,

Gordon Henderson,

Damian Patrick Hinds

Kevin Paul Hollinrake

Philip Thomas Hollobone,

Adam James Harold Holloway

John Michael Howell

Nigel Paul Huddleston

Eddie Francis Hughes

Bernard Christison Jenkin,

Andrea Marie Jenkyns

Robert Edward Jenrick,

Caroline Elizabeth Johnson

Gareth Alan Johnson

Joseph Johnson,

Andrew Hanson Jones,

David Ian Jones

Marcus Charles Jones,

Gillian Keegan,

Seema Louise Ghiassi Kennedy

Stephen Charles Kerr

Greg Knight,

John Robert Lamont

Pauline Elizabeth Latham

Philip James Lee

Jeremy John Elton Lefroy

Edward Julian Leigh

Oliver Letwin,

Andrew Iain Lewer

Ian Richard Peregrine Liddell-Grainger,

Julia Louise Lopez

Jack Giacomo Lopresti

Jonathan George Caladine

Tim Paul Loughton

Craig Mackinlay,

Rachel Helen Maclean

Alan Mac

Scott Leslie Mann

Paul Christopher Maynard

Patrick Allen Mcloughlin

Stephen Anthony Mcpartland,

Mark Andrew Menzies

Johnny Luther Mercer

Huw William Merriman

Stephen James Metcalfe

Amanda Anne Milling

Nigel John Mills

Andrew John Bower Mitchell,

Damien Moore,

Nicola Ann Morgan

James George Morris

David Gordon Mundell

Sheryll Murray

Andrew William Murrison,

Robert James Macgillivray Neill

Sarah Louise Newton

Alexander Jesse Norman,

Neil O'brien,

Neil Quentin Parish,

Mark Julian Francis Pawsey,

John David Penrose

Christopher Ian Brian Mynott Philp

Rebecca Faye Clark Pow

Victoria Mary Boswell Prentis,

Mark Andrew Pritchard

Thomas Christopher John Pursglove

Jeremy Mark Quin

William James Quince

John Alan Redwood

Laurence Anthony Robertson

Mary Josephine Robinson

Douglas Gordon Ross

Lee Benjamin Rowley

David Henry Rutley,

Paul Stuart Scully

Andrew Edmund Armstrong Selous,

Richard James Shannon

Alec Edward Shelbrooke

Christopher James Skidmore

Chloe Rebecca Smith

Henry Edward Smith

Julian Richard Smith

Royston Matthew Smith,

Arthur Nicholas Winston Soames,

Andrew George Stephenson,

Andrew John Stevenson

Robert Alexander Stewart

Roderick James Stewart

Gary Nicholas Streeter,

Melvin John Stride

Graham Charles Stuart,

Desmond Angus Swayne

Robert Andrew Raymond Sims

Derek Gordon Thomas

Margaret Ann Throup

Kelly Jane Tolhurst

Justin Paul Tomlinson

Michael James Tomlinson

Craig Paul Tracey

David Arthur Stephen Tredennick,

Shailesh Lackman Vara,

Martin John Vickers

Theresa Ann Villers

Robin Caspar Walker

David John Warburton

Matt Robert Warman

Helen Olivia Bicknell Whately,

Heather Kay Wheeler

Craig Whittaker

John Flasby Lawrance Whittingdale

William David Wiggin

Sarah Wollaston

Mike John Wood

William Peter Wragg

Jeremy Paul Wright

The Following Labour Mps Members Have Been Sanctioned:

Lindsay Harvey Hoyle, Speaker Of The House Of Commons

Diane Julie Abbott

Deborah Angela Elspeth Marie Abrahams

Michael Lee Amesbury

Antonia Louise Antoniazzi,

Jonathan Michael Graham Ashworth

Margaret Mary Beckett,

Clive James Charles Betts

Paul Christopher Blomfield

Kevin Denis Brennan

Karen Patricia Buck,

Richard Burgon,

Don Petula Butler,

Alan Campbell,

Dan Joseph Carden

Charalambos Charalambous

Vernon Rodney Coaker,

Neil Alan John Coyle

Stella Judith Creasy

Judith Mary Cummins

Janet Jessica Daby

Tarnmanjit Singh Dhesi ,

Peter Christopher Dowd

Rosie Clare Duffield,

Chris Philip James Elmore

Victoria Jane Foxcroft,

Barry Strachan Gardiner,

Ruth Stephanie Nicole George

Preet Kaur Gill

John Timothy Grogan

Louise Haigh,

Fabian Uziell-Hamilton,

David George Hanson

Carolyn Harris,

Susan Mary Hayman

John Healey

Margaret Olivia Hillier

Sharon Hodgson,

George Edward Howarth

Daniel Owen Woolgar Jarvis,

Darren Paul Jones

Gerald Jones,

Mohammed Afzal Khan,

Peter Kyle

Ian Lavery

Emma Louise Lewell-buck,

Anthony Joseph Lloyd

Justin Piers Richard Madders

Khalid Mahmood,

Rachael Helen Maskell

Christian Matheson,

Kerry Gillian Mccarthy

Conor Patrick Mcginn

James Ignatius O'Rourke McMahon,

James Ian Mearns

Stephen James Morgan

Ian Murray

Alexander James Jordan Norris

Stephanie Louise Peacock,

Luke Pollard

Eleanor Claire Reeves

Matthew Richard Allen Rodda

Lloyd Cameron Russell-moyle,

Jeff Smith,

Nicholas Desmond John Smith

Karin Marguerite Smyth

Alexander David Sobel,

John Francis Spellar

Mark Richard Tami

Gareth Richard Thomas

Stephen Creswell Timms,

Mary Elizabeth Twist

Alan Patrick Vincent Whitehead

Daniel Stephen Zeichner

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