U.K. lawmakers with close family members at serious risk from coronavirus should travel in to Westminster do their “duty” rather than stay at home, a senior government minister said.
House of Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg set out plans on Monday to allow “clinically extremely vulnerable” members of Parliament to take part virtually in key debates, after he was criticized when an MP with breast cancer was excluded last week.
But those staying away to protect loved ones will not be included, Rees-Mogg told lawmakers. MPs are “key workers” and must go to Parliament if they want to speak in debates because “this chamber does not work effectively when people aren’t physically present,” he said.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to take part in the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions session virtually on Wednesday, as he is self-isolating in his Downing Street home after meeting with an MP who has since tested positive for the virus.
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