LAW­MAK­ERS PLAY IT SAFE WHILE CAST­ING VOTES

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

LON­DON Hun­dreds of Bri­tish law­mak­ers spent over an hour in kilo­me­tre-long queues through the os­ten­ta­tious cor­ri­dors and halls of the Palace of West­min­ster on Tues­day, cast­ing their first ever so­cially-dis­tanced votes.

The gov­ern­ment has ditched the coro­n­avirus-in­duced mea­sures in­tro­duced in April and May that tore up cen­turies of tra­di­tion by al­low­ing re­mote voting and de­bates by video con­fer­ence.

On Tues­day, law­mak­ers were re­quired to at­tend in per­son and join a queue, spaced two me­tres apart.

They voted 261-163 in favour of the gov­ern­ment’s plan to end the so-called hy­brid par­lia­ment and re­store a sys­tem that re­quires all those who wish to vote to at­tend in per­son.

“Voting while en­joy­ing a sunny walk or whilst watch­ing tele­vi­sion does democ­racy an in­jus­tice ... We ask mem­bers to vote in per­son for a rea­son: be­cause it is the heart of what par­lia­ment is about,” House of Com­mons leader Jacob Rees-mogg said, pic­tured.

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