Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has co-signed a letter to the House of Commons authorities urging them to enable Parliament to carry on digitally whilst observing social distancing to save lives and protect the NHS.
The letter addressed to John Benger, Clerk of the House of Commons, was co-ordinated by Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah and urges collaboration between MPs, the Parliamentary Digital Service and the tech sector to deliver a platform for secure video conferencing.
The government are advising that people work from home whenever possible and follow social distancing guidelines to limit the spread of the disease.
The House of Commons is already using video conferencing for select committee meetings.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I was very happy to co-sign this important letter.
“At a time when people are being advised to stay at home as much as possible to slow down the spread of this virus, I think that it’s important that MPs lead by example and do the same.
“During the current parliamentary recess, I’m sure a digital alternative to attending Parliament in person can be developed which will allow us to follow the NHS advice whilst also speaking up for our constituents.”