Under plans introduced at the start of this year MPs are given 63 days of parliamentary recess time over the year, including seven working weeks in
Under plans introduced at the start of this year MPs are given 63 days of parliamentary recess time over the year, including seven working weeks in the summer. MPs took a two week break from the Commons in February, which was not taken last year, and both the summer and Easter breaks are a week longer than 2019.
This means in total, MPs are in recess for 63 days this year – equivalent of more than 12 weeks worth of holiday.
This is more than double the UK statutory minimum requirement of 5.6 weeks.
Express.co.uk is asking you should MPs cancel their time off to focus on fighting the COVID-19 crisis, which is spreading panic across the globe and has killed more than 45,000 in the UK?
“And incidentally I make absolutely no complaint about that, very proud to represent my constituency and be doing that work.”
Mr Thomas-Symonds said he would be “working all through the summer” and would be going away for three days in the UK with his three young children so he can be “contactable for urgent things”.
Viewers took to Twitter to express their anger at the amount of recess MPs take.
One tweeted: “Oh get a grip 6 weeks off when NHS workers had annual leave cancelled because of the pandemic and teachers have had to work throughout. The government are vile.
Another said: “A lot of NHS staff had their annual leave cancelled during this pandemic and teachers have had to work throughout and MPs want 6 weeks off.
“It’s disgusting, we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. We’re certainly not all in this together.”
One added: “No way should they be on a break for 6 weeks while the country is in a meltdown !! Let try them have 2 weeks off like normal people do !!
The recess days do not include the Christmas break.
During recess, Parliament is closed meaning no legislation can be debated or voted on and MPs are not required to be in Westminster.
This means they have time off to go on private holidays and spend time and work in their constituencies.