Monday 28 January 2019 / 5:50 PM Valerie Vaz

Conservatives have dragged their feet on proxy voting – Valerie Vaz

Valerie Vaz MP, Shadow Leader of the House, commenting on tonight’s Commons vote on proxy voting, said:

“Proxy voting for MPs on parental leave is long overdue. After Tulip Siddiq MP was forced to delay the birth of her child two weeks ago, it couldn’t be clearer that we need to drag Parliament into the twenty-first century.

“But a system of proxy voting could have been in place today. The Conservatives have dragged their feet on this important issue for too long. A trial is a step in the right direction, but Labour believes that proxy voting rights must be permanent and implemented immediately to ensure no MP is blocked from representing their constituency.”