House of Commons
Restoration of online democracy and equal rights for MPs
EDM #726
Tabled 14 July 2020
2019-21 Session
That this House believes that the decision to discontinue the ability of elected MPs to participate remotely in parliamentary debates, bill committees and by electronic voting is unlawful and discriminatory because it means that up to 250 elected MPs, who are clinically shielded to protect themselves or their families from coronavirus, are no longer able to participate in these activities; further believes that the House of Commons is not empowered to remove the source of its own legitimacy and that the vote to do so was illegal as it excluded the elected MPs affected; calls for the restoration of the democratic rights of all elected MPs who are shielding, and of the constituencies and 15.5 million voters that they represent, to fully participate and for the resumption of virtual arrangements previously in place that continue in the House of Lords, the Senedd and Holyrood; and calls on the Leader of the House of Commons to reinstate the motion allowing online inclusion for shielded elected MPs in all debates and votes, including those on the legal and democratic rights of those elected MPs most affected by the removal of hybrid arrangements; further calls for the resumption of elected MPs’ equal right to work in all aspects of their job, without unreasonable risk to their personal safety, by using the technology available and for the full restoration, without delay, of the democratic legitimacy of our Parliament.

Signatures (59)

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.
In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.
Webbe, Claudia
Labour
14 July 2020
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
14 July 2020
Byrne, Ian
Labour
14 July 2020
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
14 July 2020
Duffield, Rosie
Labour
14 July 2020
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
14 July 2020
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
14 July 2020
Begum, Apsana
Labour
14 July 2020
Cooper, Daisy
Liberal Democrat
14 July 2020
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
14 July 2020
Morris, Grahame
Labour
14 July 2020
Qureshi, Yasmin
Labour
14 July 2020
Barker, Paula
Labour
14 July 2020
Osborne, Kate
Labour
14 July 2020
Dowd, Peter
Labour
14 July 2020
Lewis, Clive
Labour
14 July 2020
Gwynne, Andrew
Labour
14 July 2020
Ferrier, Margaret
Scottish National Party
14 July 2020
Stone, Jamie
Liberal Democrat
14 July 2020
MacAskill, Kenny
Scottish National Party
14 July 2020
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
14 July 2020
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
14 July 2020
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
14 July 2020
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
14 July 2020
Whitley, Mick
Labour
14 July 2020
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
14 July 2020
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
14 July 2020
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
14 July 2020
Wilson, Munira
Liberal Democrat
14 July 2020
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
14 July 2020
Hanna, Claire
Social Democratic & Labour Party
14 July 2020
Bonnar, Steven
Scottish National Party
14 July 2020
Hill, Mike
Labour
15 July 2020
Abrahams, Debbie
Labour
15 July 2020
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
15 July 2020
Lewell-Buck, Mrs Emma
Labour
15 July 2020
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
15 July 2020
Sheerman, Mr Barry
Labour
15 July 2020
Yasin, Mohammad
Labour
15 July 2020
McDonnell, John
Labour
15 July 2020
Eastwood, Colum
Social Democratic & Labour Party
15 July 2020
Lavery, Ian
Labour
15 July 2020
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
15 July 2020
Hanvey, Neale
Scottish National Party
16 July 2020
Ali, Rushanara
Labour
20 July 2020
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
20 July 2020
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
22 July 2020
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
22 July 2020
Bryant, Chris
Labour
22 July 2020
Fovargue, Yvonne
Labour
22 July 2020
Johnson, Dame Diana
Labour
22 July 2020
Burgon, Richard
Labour
22 July 2020
Cryer, John
Labour
22 July 2020
There are no withdrawn signatures for this Motion