MP Robert Halfon criticises government over plans to force MPs back to House of Commons

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has criticised plans to force MPs back to the House of Commons

Mr Halfon, who has been shielding for over ten weeks, said the government must allow “those MPs genuinely affected by Covid-19, ie sick, shielding, or self-isolating” to be able “vote online or via proxy”.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-52876395

Mr Halfon has criticised the “stern and unbending” approach of the leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees Mogg.

Many want a “hybrid-parliament” where MPs can either attend in person or remotely, on-line.

“I want MPs to return to Parliament as children are beginning a phased return to schools. However, for those MPs that are sick, shielding or self-isolating, I think it is only right that they should be able to continue voting online or by proxy”.

His GP has advised him not to attend parliament which in effect means the voters of Harlow have no representation.

YH spoke to Mr Halfon about the situation.

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5 Responses to "MP Robert Halfon criticises government over plans to force MPs back to House of Commons"

  1. kthe5   June 2, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    ‘I liken it to President Bolsonaro in Brazil who describes coronavirus as the sniffles’
    https://inews.co.uk/news/health/tory-mp-robert-halfon-warns-hundreds-of-mps-wont-be-able-to-vote-under-plans-to-scrap-digital-votes-2871836
    “The MP, who is disabled and has shielded on the request of his GP, said he and his constituents are being “disenfranchised” under the return to the system, which will mean “hundreds” of MPs affected by coronavirus restrictions will not be able to vote.”

    The people of Harlow have no voice, and no say in what or how laws are created. It doesn’t matter if you voted for RH or not, this is bad for democracy.

  2. ChrisVince   June 2, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. Clearly as a Labour Councillor I didn’t vote for Mr Halfon however, I also respect the democratic process. The people of Harlow and the villages voted for him to represent us in the Houses of Parliament, to be our voice. If those MPs are unable to vote because they are shielding then it is not just bad for democracy, it means we don’t have a voice in Westminster. Clearly in this current crisis, and possibly beyond, adjustments should be made. It concerns me that this is creating barriers for people with disabilities and long term medical conditions and that is totally unacceptable.

  3. MickyB77   June 2, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Never miss a chance to back stab. Another reason that the Marxists lost the election. Barriers, loss of representation, no voice, and whatever else can be dreamt up. No voice in Westminster ?
    Teachers on strike too, and on full pay, adjustments must be definitely be made.

  4. ChrisVince   June 2, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Usually ignore these comments which I think are deliberately provocative. But just to be clear Mr Halfon has my full support on this issue. Kind regards Chris V

  5. UKMaverick785   June 2, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Whilst I agree with Robert over this, I don’t agree with his rushing to the BBC who has reported he has said they are turning him into a “eunuch”! The Leader of the House has laid out his position, I am sure a sensible solution can be found for special cases. So being insulting in the press cos he had a row with the PM is hardly a sensible way to put his case!

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