Jamie Stone MP: I have become a second-class MP due to the government’s ending of the virtual parliament

– That is a video from Jamie Stone MP which was tweeted last night. In the Guardian, he has spoken to Rajeev Syal about the invidious choice he is facing because of the Government’s move to end the House of Commons hybrid rules, which have allowed for remote voting and virtual debates during the Covid-19 crisis.

Jamie reveals poignant details of his private life which explain why he is faced with an impossible choice. His wife, Flora, is disabled and needs care. Prior, to the Covid-19 crisis, this care could be combined with Jamie’s role at Westminster. However, the pandemic has meant that Jamie has become Flora’s carer. This means that returning to Westminster, as per the Government move, will mean Jamie facing almost impossible choices:

He is putting me and others in a very impossible position. I am being told I have to choose between the health and wellbeing of my disabled wife or represent my constituents.

We shouldn’t be forced to compromise our family and our constituents when there is another way.

You can read the full story here.

Photo of Jamie Stone by Liberal Democrats Flickr Creative Commons Licence

* Newshound: bringing you the best Lib Dem commentary published in print or online.

Read more by or more about .
This entry was posted in News.


  • Lorenzo Cherin 3rd Jun '20 - 10:45pm

    A fine piece from one of the finest,m and unsung of the mps.

    Has the pm changed this today?

    We are, as a nation, doing worst among many others on corona virus, numbers. The country going back to business as ever is utter folly

  • Adrian Collett 4th Jun '20 - 3:44pm

    Well said Jamie. Every decent person will be with you on this. You are right to stay with your wife, and to stay among your constituents. You are also right not to risk bringing the disease back with you. Let this disgraceful move led by Jacob Rees-Mogg be seen for what it is.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?


Recent Comments

    No recent comment found.