Swansea West MP, Geraint Davies has backed Caroline Lucas’s letter calling for an immediate virtual recall of parliament.

The letter, written to the First Minister of State Dominic Raab, asks for digital technology to be used to enable remote accountability.

Currently MPs cannot return to parliament due to the need for social distancing but parliament could be brought back through the introduction of video debates.

The letter argues that such debates could be conducted according to regular parliamentary procedures and schedules and could even be streamed to Parliament TV as usual.

Mr Davies said: “While we are away from parliament it is still vital that our democratic processes continue to function otherwise there is no scrutinity and accountability of government actions.

“Over the past days the UK has recorded its worst daily fatality yet – a record of 980 deaths – that exceeds the worst days seen in Spain and Italy. It is absolutely necessary that parliament is able to ask necessary and urgent questions to the government and to debate its handling of the crisis.

“To comply with social distancing this must be done digitally and I hope that the government will take seriously the need for remote working for MPs.”

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