More than 100 MPs and peers, from all nine parties of the house, have signed a letter to keep Parliament operational during the COVID19.
The letter, drafted by Geraint Davies, Swansea West MP and addressed to the Leader of the House, suggests twelve ways parliament can work remotely using existing technology like video and tele-conferencing.
Mr Davies, said: “It’s vital that our democracy stays open and responsive during this crisis and that I can able to continue to speak up for the people of Swansea, at a time when their voices need to be heard most”
“The situation is changing daily and my office is inundated with questions and concerns from constituents and it is right that they are responded to appropriately and representations can be made to local, Welsh and UK Government. It is important MPs do their job whilst following government advice for social distancing and remote working.”
“I 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. Over a hundred MPs and Peers have supported these proposals and the Government must now take action to keep democracy going.
“We must all play our part to protect our NHS and each other by working from home and MPs should take a lead in this effort.”
“All businesses in Swansea West need to adapt to maximise employee and public safety and it is important that the Parliament sets an example. I am asking companies like BT to allow their call centre workers to work from home and to put the public interest first. The Welsh Assembly is already operating remotely and both Houses of the UK Parliament must do the same without delay
“MPs have a duty to help to ensure the best decisions are made to minimise loss of life during the coronavirus pandemic whilst demonstrating that technology, wherever possible, must be used to safeguard the public from avoidable infection .”