West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has joined more than 100 MPs and peers, from all nine parties of the house, in signing a letter to keep parliamentary democracy operational during the COVID19.
The letter, which is addressed to the Leader of the House of Commons, suggests how Parliament can be adapted using existing technology like video and tele-conferencing.
This follows on from Rosie calling for Parliament to be moved online last week, writing at that time to the Clerk of the House of Commons John Benger.
MP Rosie, who signed the letter Leader of the Commons, said:
“It’s vital that our democracy stays open and responsive during this crisis and that I am able to continue to speak up for the people of West Lancashire, at a time when their voices need to be heard most.
“The situation is changing daily and it is right that we can continue to represent the needs of our constituents at this very difficult time, whilst also following the government’s advice for social distancing and remote working.
“It is important that we all do our part to protect our NHS and our communities, which means that we stay at home when possible and MPs should not be set apart.
“While we are urging businesses in West Lancashire to adapt, Parliament must do the same and we have put forward detailed proposals on how the government can ensure we continue our debates, question times, select committees and legislative scrutiny through existing digital technology in time for our return after Easter.
“MPs have a duty to ensure the best decisions are made to minimise loss of life during the coronavirus pandemic whilst demonstrating that, wherever possible, technology must be used to safeguard the public from avoidable infection.”