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Ban the use of smartphones in the House of Commons chamber

Submitted by Lee Watts on Friday 6th May 2022

Published on Monday 9th May 2022

Current status: Closed

Closed: Wednesday 23rd November 2022

Signatures: 93

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BANNED ~ Books ~ Chambers ~ Commons ~ Commons chambers ~ Elections ~ environment ~ House of Commons ~ Mobile phones ~ note ~ People ~ Phones ~ URGENT ~ Voters

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Ban the use of smartphones in the House of Commons chamber

Petition Details

MPs have long been told not to read newspapers of books in the House of Commons chamber, but MPs are frequently on their mobile phones. We want the use of smartpones in the chamber to be banned. No message is so urgent that a note being passed by a House of Commons official won’t do.

Additional Information

Voters have the right to expect their elected members are focused and concentrating on the matter at hand. I know of no business environment that tolerates people scrolling through their phones during a meeting. It is also unseemly when sessions are televised to see dozens of members peering at their phones, often apparently oblivious to the proceedings.

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