With London moving into tier two (high alert), the government has absolutely no excuse not to return to the successful hybrid arrangements in Parliament that were introduced – and subsequently removed – earlier this year. The removal of this option has left many MPs unable to participate in debates, represent constituents and properly hold the government to account during this crisis.
Asking MPs to travel to Westminster from all over the country massively increases the possibility of exposure and threat of the virus spreading, both in the communities we travel from and in London.
I fundamentally believe that, in order to prevent the very real risk of a worsening crisis forcing Parliament to close, Parliament should return to remote working to protect House of Commons and Parliamentary staff, as well as MPs, and ensure that Parliament can continue in its vital work of holding the government to account.
As you can see below, I have signed a cross-party letter to the Prime Minister voicing these concerns: