MPs will not vote on early start to summer recess


Fellows of Parliament will not vote on whether to start their summer pause this Thursday, despite the government tabling a motion to do so.

A motion to produce forward the summer break by five days was not moved when entitled by Speaker John Bercow on Tuesday, meaning no vote will betide.

It had been tabled amid debates on the prime minister’s Brexit foresees.

Tory MP Nicolas Soames said he was glad the «idiotic proposal» had been plunged.

The government could have been defeated, as a number of Conservative backbenchers were against the gait, as well as Labour and the SNP.

Speaking in the Commons, Mr Bercow said his «strong sense» was that «the station quo applies» and that Parliament would sit next Monday and Tuesday «as had unexceptionally been the intention».

«We were always expecting to sit until next Tuesday, that’s what our electors resolution have expected,» he added.

«The government was perfectly within its rights, notwithstanding that it was pretty unusual suddenly to suggest a change, but the government appears to drink thought again about that matter.»

Labour’s Angela Rayner had called the sign «pathetic», while Labour backbencher David Lammy said it was «a sway that has run out of ideas».

The Tory chairman of the Health Select Committee, Sarah Wollaston, foretold she was opposed to an early recess — adding that her committee would be temporizing as usual next Tuesday.

MPs will return to the Commons on 4 September.

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