Govt must rethink plans to shut down virtual Parliament


Responding the Procedure Committee's report recommending that a form of virtual Parliament is allowed to continue while coronavirus restrictions are in place, Wendy Chamberlain, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Political and Constitutional Reform, said:

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"The Government's advice to the public is to work from home if possible. Parliamentary authorities have bent over backwards to ensure the House of Commons can sit remotely to help protect public health. There is no good reason not to continue to do just that.

"With only 50 MPs permitted in the Commons and virtual questions no longer allowed, Jacob Rees-Mogg is setting a dangerous precedent by blocking opportunity for full scrutiny. This is especially worrying for those Members unable to travel to Westminster for coronavirus-related reasons.

"What's more, the need for socially distanced votes will slow down Parliament and waste hours of time better spent debating legislation and questioning Ministers on pressing issues. This is no way to serve our constituents and the Government must think again about shutting down virtual proceedings."


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