Tonight the Liberal Democrats have secured assurances from the Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, that proxy voting rights will be considered for MPs who are carers or living with those who are shielding.
During the emergency debate secured by Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Alistair Carmichael, the Leader of the House agreed to look at the Liberal Democrat proposals for extending voting rights to all MPs living with those needing to shield or acting as carers during the pandemic.
Following the debate, Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Alistair Carmichael said:
"If the Leader follows through and backs voting rights for MPs who are carers or living with people who are shielding, then this will be a win for equal representation. Our communities must not be excluded from their rights simply because of physical difficulties.
"However, it should not have taken Jacob Rees-Mogg to be dragged kicking and screaming to accept this concession. The Government's decision to return to Westminster and unwillingness to respect its own public health advice has not only created a parliamentary mess, but put all those who work in Parliament at risk.
"The Leader of the House has to be aware that he will be accountable for this system - and any potential harm caused."