Huge majority insist MPs should CANCEL their summer recess to focus on fighting COVID-19

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This website asked readers “Should MPs cancel their 12-week recess to focus on fighting pandemic?” A huge 88 percent, 2,397, of readers said that MPs should continue to work to help the UK recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

It comes despite Parliament breaking up for summer recess on July 22.

Under a Parliamentary timetable put forward by Boris Johnson, MP’s will have an extra four weeks off on recess this year.

This means that MPs are given 63 days of parliamentary recess time over the year, including working weeks in the summer.

So far this year, MPs took a two-week break from the Commons in February and around a month during the Easter break, a week longer than 2019 due to coronavirus.

However, MP recess days do not include the Christmas break.

But, regardless of the overwhelming majority of readers’ views, speaking on Good Morning Britain this morning, former Tory MP Edwina Currie defended ministers’ rights to a summer break. 

She said: “I prefer to have human beings as our Members of Parliament – not robots endlessly running Parliament.

“When I was an MP, there were over 600 men and only 23 women.

“Back then, it was easy for men to spend all their time in Westminster because they had wives at home – but we don’t do things like that anymore.

“I recognise the importance of parents and fathers and I want them to spend time with their families and then be more normal people if you like when they come back to sit on the green benches.”

It comes after MPs voted to continue a virtual parliament last month which allowed some members to take part in debates and vote remotely after Jacob Rees-Mogg said face to face voting would be more effective.

Concerns were raised by some MPs about Mr Rees-Mogg’s plan which included that members who are shielding or self-isolating because of age, disability, health conditions or pregnancy “would be put at a significant disadvantage” if they couldn’t take part in a virtual parliament.

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Jamie Stone, Lib Dem MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross in Scotland, said: “Far more important is the moral victory on behalf of all carers and others who might have reasons not to make the journey to Westminster.

“This is a real step forward for representational democracy and a victory for common sense.”

Elsewhere in our poll, 12 percent of voters (340 votes) said that MPs deserved their recess break whilst 0.6 percent (18 votes) said they were not sure.

During recess, Parliament is closed meaning no legislation can be debated or voted on and MPs are not required to be in Westminster.

This means they have time off to go on private holidays and spend time and work in their constituencies. polled 2,755 people on July 22nd.

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