Prime Minister’s Questions will take place via online video chat app Zoom today after landmark legislation passed – The Sun
POLITICIANS will Zoom into Prime Minister’s Question Time for the first time ever on Wednesday after politicians passed landmark legislation to create a ‘virtual’ Parliament.
Dominic Raab and Sir Keir Starmer will clash face to face in the Chamber, but politicians will be beamed in from their living rooms.
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It comes as fat cat peers are under growing pressure to waive or donate their £323 daily expenses during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Lords will conduct most of their business over video from the comfort of their own homes.
This has sparked furious demands for them to be temporarily stripped of the bumper expenses they usually pocket.
House of Lords Speaker Lord Fowler said there is a “strong argument” peers should not be paid if they are only watching proceedings from home.
But he suggested peers who are asking questions and involved in the debates should still get paid.
Quizzed on whether peers should be paid on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, he said: “Well I think that’s a pretty strong argument, isn’t it.
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“As I say, I don’t want to preclude any discussions. I’m not thinking in terms that we should make a payment to people taking my advice and sitting at home and simply watching proceedings.
“It’s another case if you happen to be a member of select committee, taking evidence and preparing for that evidence.
“We are going to have to go through all those points but we will go through them on Monday with an open mind.”
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