Watch in Full: MPs’ First Socially Distant Vote

This is genuinely very entertaining…

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From Ivory Towers to Alton Towers

A heckle from Chris Bryant this afternoon slightly backfired when Jacob Rees-Mogg revealed that he had indeed been to Alton Towers. He will therefore be well prepared for the snaking queue that awaits this afternoon’s vote.

“Yes indeed I have I took my sister Annunziata there many years ago… anyway enough of my reminiscences.”

Later in the debate, Karen Bradley dropped some impressive knowledge of Alton Towers, name checking both the Nemesis and Oblivion rollercoasters. These modern Tories are more in touch than Guido expected…

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Jacob Rees Mogg Announces MPs Will Be Able to Appear in Debates Remotely on Medical Grounds

In what will be seen as a compromise, Jacob Rees-Mogg has announced that despite the hybrid parliament ending, MPs who are away from the House on medical grounds will be able to participate in debates in the Chamber remotely. What will not placate calls from Rob Halfon however is that remote voting has conclusively ended. If the government gets its way, Rees-Mogg made it clear that shielding MPs will have to rely on pairing…

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Rees-Mogg Heading for Showdown Over End of Hybrid Parliament

The Leader of the House of Commons is in for a rough ride this afternoon as he is expected to face a hostile reception from opposition MPs who reject the great British institution of queuing. As Guido depicted yesterday, if 400 MPs queue in a socially distant way, the line would stretch almost a kilometre. Last night a Commons briefing note described how the (optimistically estimated) 30-minute process will work:

  • MPs line up and vote in the chamber, either side of the Speaker’s chair, rather than the voting lobbies.
  • MPs will file down the left-hand side of the Table to vote Aye, and the right to vote No.
  • Four tellers will be in place behind the speaker’s chair to count the votes.
  • As with swearing in, this process will be broadcast live. Keen viewers will be able to calculate the results of divisions before the Speaker does…

Members have consequently been advised that “when you are near the front of the queue you should be aware that what you say may be audible”. Spoilsports.

A storm is brewing, however, over vulnerable MPs who are shielding at home and who want to vote. Shielding Tory Rob Halfon is mounting a campaign to extend the proxy voting available to MPs on maternity leave to those who are shielding as well. Guido hears that the Government may be receptive to this argument. One to watch at 13:30…

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Parliament’s Socially Distanced Voting Farce

This morning new plans have been unveiled detailing Parliament’s new voting procedure as MPs return to work following the abolition of the virtual parliament. The principle of MPs having to lead the way by showing its safe to return to work is sensible. Guido fears plans may not have been thought through when it comes to getting MPs through the voting lobbies.

Whilst The TImes suggests as many as 250 MPs may stay away due to being more vulnerable, the remaining 400 MPs will need 800 metres of space to line up in. A map is circulating showing one proposed route, which stretches from Westminster Hall, past Members’ Cloakroom, up two flights of stairs, through even more corridors and then into the chamber. To put the route into more context for those familiar with SW1, MPs could snake through Central Lobby, St Stephen’s Hall, Westminster Hall, through the underpass and do two and a half laps of the PCH’s office corridors to ensure social distancing…

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Boris: I’ve Been Forbidden from Announcing Any More Targets

Hancock can breathe a sigh of relief…

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