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Allow MPs to participate in parliamentary proceedings and votes remotely

Submitted by Jennifer Volk on Thursday 6th January 2022

Published on Monday 10th January 2022

Current status: Closed

Closed: Sunday 10th July 2022

Signatures: 35

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Commons ~ debates ~ Enable ~ House of Commons ~ Illness ~ Lockdown ~ Londoners ~ Parliament ~ Parliamentary ~ Permanently ~ progress ~ PROGRESSIVE ~ Public Health ~ system ~ technology ~ Voting

Petition Action

Allow MPs to participate in parliamentary proceedings and votes remotely

Petition Details

During lockdowns, hybrid and virtual proceedings and voting was implemented to enable MPs to participate in parliamentary proceedings, and vote, remotely. This should be permanently reinstated, particularly in the light of the ongoing public health emergency.

Additional Information

There are many legitimate reasons why MPs may be unable to physically attend Parliament, to attend debates and vote. We believe constituents are penalised and their voices silenced by the current system. The House of Commons should update its processes to take advantage of new technology and join the ranks of more progressive countries' parliaments. We believe the current system, as well as endangering public health, is unfair for MPs with disabilities, illness, caring responsibilities, and those not based near London.


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