LUFF VOTES AGAINST SUMMER RECESS FOR MPs
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LUFF VOTES AGAINST SUMMER RECESS FOR MPs

The longest Commons summer recess in living memory was described as a scandal today by Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff after he cast his vote against it.

Peter opposed the government motion:

“That this House, at its rising on Tuesday 21 July 2009, do adjourn till Monday 12 October 2009.”

Commenting, Peter said,

“It is scandalous at time of deep disillusion with MPs, when the economy is experiencing its worst recession in 50 years and when the government says it doesn’t have time for vital legislation, that we are about to pack our bags for the longest summer break ever.

“I support a reasonable time for holidays and a good period in September and early October for constituency work and party conferences – but we should be rising at least two weeks later. A break of nearly twelve weeks is outrageous.

“The only possible conclusion is that the government wants to escape scrutiny – and that just isn’t good enough. I hope enough MPs of all Parties have the courage to vote for a shorter recess so we can all do the job we were elected to do properly.”

The result of the vote – held on what is called a deferred division – will be announced later today, Wednesday.


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