Opposition parties unite to demand recall of Parliament

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Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has demanded “urgent talks” with the government to ensure that MPs can probe ministers on how they have handled the coronavirus crisis.

Sir Keir, who replaced Jeremy Corbyn at the helm last week, said that the Commons should open after Easter, even if that means MPs are asking questions about the webcams.

His calls were supported by the Liberal Democrats and the SNP as Ed Davey and Ian Blackford denounced the lack of parliamentary control as the death toll approaches 10,000.

The calls from Sir Keir were supported by the Liberal Democrats and the SNP, while Ed Davey (photo) and Ian Blackford criticized the lack of parliamentary control as the death toll approaches 10,000.

Sir Keir, who replaced Jeremy Corbyn at the helm last week, said that the Commons should open after Easter, even if that means MPs are asking questions about the webcams.

Sir Keir (right), who replaced Jeremy Corbyn at the helm last week, said that the Commons should open after Easter, even if that means MPs are asking questions about the webcams. His calls were supported by the Liberal Democrats and the SNP as Ed Davey (left) and Ian Blackford denounced the lack of parliamentary control as the death toll approaches 10,000.

In a letter to community leader Jacob Rees-Mogg, Sir Keir wrote: “Parliament has a responsibility to ask questions of ministers during this time of national crisis.

“The best decisions are those that are challenged and subject to scrutiny. And through this process, problems can be resolved, errors quickly rectified and individual concerns addressed, which will help save lives and protect our country.

“But if Parliament does not sit or function effectively, that cannot happen. “

In a letter to the leader of the municipalities Jacob Rees-Mogg, Sir Keir (photographed Thursday with his wife Vic) wrote:

In a letter to the leader of the municipalities Jacob Rees-Mogg, Sir Keir (photographed Thursday with his wife Vic) wrote: “Parliament has a responsibility to ask questions of ministers during this time of national crisis”

The former prosecution director said the Labor party supported “many measures” implemented by the government, but made a list of questions that “should be answered”.

He called for clarity on a UK lockout exit strategy, as well as answers on the “ramp up of tests” for Covid-19 and the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for front line NHS staff.

The 57-year-old has asked to meet with Mr. Rees-Mogg and the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, next week to discuss the resumption of Parliament on April 21 so that these questions can be asked directly to ministers.

Her letter comes after Interior Minister Priti Patel told reporters at a briefing in Downing Street that she “did not yet know” whether the Commons would meet as scheduled in just over a week.

Interior Minister Priti Patel told reporters at a briefing in Downing Street that she

Interior Minister Priti Patel told reporters at a briefing in Downing Street that she “did not yet know” whether the Commons would meet as scheduled in just over a week.

Sir Keir added: “I am writing to request urgent talks with you and the Speaker this week on how we can guarantee the return of Parliament after the Easter holidays.

“I recognize that it is difficult for Parliament to resume its activities as usual at the moment, but there are clear examples around the world of parliaments functioning effectively using new technologies and different models. “

Hoyle has commissioned work to ensure that a “virtual” room can be operational after the Easter break so that MPs can resume their duties.

He could see MPs questioning ministers in their homes via webcam if the lock is still in place, with senior ministers signaling that there are no plans to limit social distancing.

The Palace of Westminster currently requires that MPs and peers be physically present to cross polling stations when legislation is passed.

But the President said exceptions could be made to ensure that Parliament can function during the pandemic.

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