Earlier this month, I called on the Clerk of the House of Commons to implement a ‘digital Parliament’ that would allow MPs to work while also social-distancing. I’m glad to say that, starting today, the House of Commons will use a hybrid model that will allow MPs to fulfil their Parliamentary duties remotely.
The House of Commons will continue to meet on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with up to 120 MPs using Zoom to take part in Prime Minister’s Questions, departmental questions, urgent questions and statements. A further 50 MPs will be able to join debates in person in the Chamber, while observing strict social-distancing rules.
I am confident that this new way of working will allow MPs to continue to uphold democracy and scrutinise the government, while also helping to stop the spread of coronavirus. The hybrid system will be in place until at least 12 May, although I expect it to be extended beyond this date.
Since the coronavirus crisis began, I have consistently pressed the government to ensure that people have the financial support, PPE, and testing necessary to withstand the pandemic. As the crisis continues, I will continue to be your voice in Parliament, scrutinise government decisions and challenge Ministers when necessary.
Please continue to contact me via email, telephone, and post so that I can raise your concerns in Parliament and stand up for our community.