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Immediately allow MPs to virtually participate in all Parliamentary proceedings

Submitted by Helen Pankhurst on Tuesday 17th November 2020

Published on Monday 23rd November 2020

Current status: Closed

Closed: Sunday 23rd May 2021

Signatures: 385

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Covid ~ Covid-19 ~ debates ~ electronic ~ Ensure ~ IMPACT ~ Incumbent ~ London ~ Londoners ~ Parliament ~ Parliamentary ~ pregnant ~ Vote ~ Voted ~ Voting

Petition Action

Immediately allow MPs to virtually participate in all Parliamentary proceedings

Petition Details

It is incumbent on the government to act now in the interest of both MPs and their constituents to allow MPs who can't attend in person to participate virtually in Parliamentary debates and procedures, and to ensure all MPs and therefore all constituents have their voices heard in Parliament.

Additional Information

Currently, MPs who are not able to attend Parliament because of Covid-19 cannot participate in general debates or use electronic voting.

This severely impacts the ability of MPs to serve their constituents effectively, and its impact is not felt equally. Elderly MPs, pregnant MPs, MPs with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or caring responsibilities, as well as MPs with constituencies outside of London, are effectively locked out of participation during this period which is discriminatory.


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