Don’t close Parliament until pub bailout deal agreed

With hospitality businesses on the brink following the spread of the Omicron variant, the Liberal Democrats are calling on Parliament to sit tomorrow to pass new support measures.

Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Wendy Chamberlain MP is demanding Parliament sit in a hybrid session to allow MPs with Covid to attend virtually, to reduce the further spread of Covid in Westminster. Wendy made the demand to Leader of the House, Jacob Rees-Mogg, during questions in the chamber.

Last week, the Liberal Democrats called for taxes to be slashed on high street businesses and the Government to convene urgent meetings with business groups to bring in whatever support package they need.
Calling for MPs to continue Parliament’s session until new business measures are passed, Wendy Chamberlain MP said: “MPs should not break up for Christmas until we pass a deal to keep our pubs, cafes and restaurants alive. If businesses can keep working virtually to get last minute deals over the line, then so can politicians.

Wendy Chamberlain

“Pub landlords, waiters and chefs need help now.

“How can we look our local landlord in the eye and tell them Parliament broke up for Christmas when they are on the brink of going under?

“The Chancellor must get on the next plane back from his California jaunt to move heaven and earth to save a hospitality sector on the brink of collapse.

“I will be ready to pass any new business support package in Parliament the Government brings forward. Get a move on Chancellor, the clock is ticking.”

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