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Lichfield and Burntwood’s MP has urged Parliament not to make a full return to the House of Commons until it is safe to do so.

The coronavirus has seen a change to proceedings in Westminster, with many MPs contributing to debates virtually from home.

Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said the “cramped conditions” of the House of Commons meant any return to normal procedures could but thousands of staff at risk.

“While nobody doubts that hybrid proceedings are second best to our normal proceedings, nobody will thank us if staff start falling ill as a consequence of the House returning prematurely during the course of this pandemic.

“A full return of the House should be based on the epidemiological evidence available at the time and only when it is safe to do so.

“The Leader of the House talked about the need for social distancing in the chamber and division lobbies. That would be no return to normal or the cut and thrust that one normally associates with the House of Commons.

“Instead it will mean colleagues and staff putting themselves at risk to simply prove a point – what point exactly, I am unsure.”

Michael Fabricant MP

Mr Fabricant’s comments came in a letter written to House of Commons authorities.

“Our hybrid proceedings have been innovative and not as completely ineffectual as some traditionalists might like to characterise it.

“I look forward to a full return to the House of Commons, but only when it is safe to do so.”

Michael Fabricant MP

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47 Comments

  1. “Really, but it is safe for children to be in school ????”

    ONS Covid-19 deaths for males & females to 1 May 2020 under 1 years of age:

    0

    ONS Covid-19 deaths for males & females to 1 May 2020 > 1 to < 14 years of age:

    0

    Surely the question is: is it safe for teachers and how do we make it safe? Because the uncomfortable truth is, we cannot allow people to sit at home on full pay in perpetuity.

  2. The ONS stats you quote need updating since the new – but fortunately rare – Kawasaki syndrome linked to COVID19 has emerged.
    The point is that schools are massive virus multipliers and the vectors are familial. The kids cook the virus, often with no immediate symptoms and then spread it through families, as well as infecting teachers, and their families etc.

  3. Schools can go back ,but that big kindergarten parliament can’t,I wonder if Michael has any idea how social distancing in schools could work ,when to ensure social distancing of one year six class would take five classrooms .
    I think I can already see the Government manovering to blame people not their hapless ,half cocked measures to deal with Covid 19 .

  4. So, let me get this perfectly straight, It’s ok for cleaners, au-pair’s, train drivers, office workers, plumbers, security staff, aids, call centre staff, architects, bankers, shop workers to all clamber on to trains and buses packed like sardines in a tin BUT when it comes to Politicians and the like, MP’s, Secretaries of ministers, clerks etc it’s not because there is a Pandemic ????? How does that work then!!

  5. New Zealand had a 7 week lockdown and it was far stricter than ours. They locked down after about 130 cases and reopened yesterday. They have effectively eradicated covid there.
    In my opinion it’s far too early for us to come out of our lockdown-lite whether you’re in Parliament a school or whatever.
    We should have protected key workers much more and I include shop workers, post workers, prison populations, teachers etc.
    Second wave is surely imminent here.
    But it’s the economy, stupid.

  6. I think it’s time to face the music Michael your imbasilel leader and party have botched the outbreak of Covid 19 and now with thousands following instructions and going back to work on a transport system that isn’t adequately prepared to social distance ,schools with no chance of enforcing social distancing due to class sizes ,I can’t help getting a sense of déjà vu .

  7. I think it ridiculous that the house of commons isn’t prepared to do more about going back to work when teacher, TA’s, children, cooks, cleaners are expected to go into schools. Whilst we haven’t had many children in during the lockdown period it had been easy to social distance the children. But in June it’s going to be extremely hard to social distance 3 and 4 year olds who are obviously going to be very excited to see their friends. I hope parents make the right decision and keep them at home until September….. I hope schools aren’t being thrown to the lions and the government have made the right decision…..

  8. Good half could sit half the week then the other half rest week,kid should not be going to school,and workers should not if they have to get on bus or train

  9. Hypocrites, they will sacrifice the public, men women and children, but not themselves, they must follow their guidelines and get to work. Lead by example !.

  10. This selfish psychopathic criminal cruel despicable unempathetic Tory government cared only for itself and it’s rich friends, which is clearly illustrated here! Incompetence is bad enough, but deliberate eugenics is murder and should be treated as such by the law as such

  11. But it’s okay for children, who are not aware of personal boundaries let alone social distancing to return to school? Not to mention cleaners, nannies and builders who car share but it’s okay crack open a window and you’ll be okay apparently. Typical the working class are the ones taking the brunt of everything again. It would be nice to see our MP arguing no one should be returning to unsafe conditions not just those in parliament

  12. So where have u being doing your shopping and it’s ok for kids to be at schools lorry drivers to deliver posties to deliver nurses and doctors to help those in most need carers to go out into society but so long as your ok?

  13. Perhaps the answer is let all the mp’s go back for a couple of weeks and if none of them catch it everyone can return to normal life.

  14. The British Parliament is ridiculously outdated. The buildings are outdated, the processes are outdated, many of the members are outdated. They plan on spending billions renovating a cramped and unfit building rather than investing in a modern one that gives more opportunity going forwards. From what I can see the only thing you really miss with most MPs not in the chamber is all that private schoolboy braying whenever anyone tries to make a point. The PM certainly struggled without his backup trying to drown out the opposition.

  15. Fabricant is a complete oaf. Here he is again, serving his own interests – completely overlooking the health risks his constituents face every day. He doesn’t give a toss.

  16. There is a need for a more consistent message and approach on this.
    I have gone to a lot of different homes in the last few weeks and it is clear that there is a lot of confusion and people are interpreting the guidelines very differently.
    I will hopefully begin a new job soon, but have been told the offices will remain closed for at least 2 more months and it will not be possible to do the role properly from home.
    But I know of people doing similar roles in similar companies and some are working from home while others have been told to return to work from next week.

    I think the national media’s portrayal of the guidelines leaves a lot to be desired. It is “fuel” to the confusion people are feeling. Also having visited a number of people it seems that a lot are now simply ignoring the national media, so where are they getting their information from?

  17. I understand the shouts of Tory hypocrisy, but he’s probably not wrong in this, is he?

    I’m surprised that nobody’s commented that for the first time in a long time, Mr Fabricant doesn’t actually seem to be agreeing with Mr Rees-Mogg.

    Quite a refreshing change…

  18. Brian Pretty I agree 100% with you. Putting me off Lichfield Live postings, which I suspect is one purpose of his sticking-plaster attempt to be ‘accessible’. The excuse for an MP oozes contempt, as he votes against maintaining food standards this week.

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  20. I might not like Mr Fabricants politics but, in research of another issue, I found that his contributions to parliamentary debates are quite regular and pertinent. At least he is an active MP. Obviously there are more national debates to consider besides those of his constituency. He has no powers (other than advisory) over either County or District policy.
    I have had no difficulty contacting him. His replies are polite and prompt. Some of the issues are not party political. I think he is willing to help if he can.
    As to being a self publicist…. He probably got it from the PM.

  21. Oh c’mon. If Mr Fabricant is active why can’t he tell Lichfield Live what reply he got from SCC about the state of the A5190 or how many surgeries he has held in Burntwood (pop 28,000 with Hammerwich) in the last year before lockdown and can we look forward to his defence of the Green Belt when the responses to the Lichfield District Local Plan consultation is published in the next few weeks?

  22. I agree with much of what is being said in the comments – probably this article is as much to do with him taking what must be his first opportunity in quite some time to grab a bit of media coverage whilst looking like he cares about the risk to his colleagues (and the many minions that make their life comfortable) whilst as also pointed out in the comments his true motives are apparent in his voting record – am also surprised that he is concerned at after all over any risk – can’t he follow his leadership advice and ‘Stay alert’? Surely that would do it if he also followed the next piece of advise -‘Stop Coronavirus’ (am amazed this was not part of the original slogan sorry I mean guidance) which of course everyone knows how to do(?)! It was not that many weeks ago his Party leader was shaking hands with everybody including those with Coronavirus to show how little risk there really was (and we saw where that got him). As to the voting record I can anticipate that he will be front and centre to help to erode many other hard won protections that might cause any of the corporate big wigs from home and abroad (especially the US) to wonder how much such public protections will damage their profits and shareholder dividends – he was already making use of the media to demonstrate how well he was doing to get US movers and shakers notice little old Lichfield (Mercury 9March) am sure he will be very keen to sign off on the new trade arrangements with the US where all this inconvenient regulation and legislation – a barrier to the final hand shake – will have to (very quietly) go – this is the way these people operate and we continue to approve of it by sending them to Parliament to supposedly represent OUR interests when those that have any critical faculties can plainly see that the opposite is the case – remind me of how Mr Fabricant voted on the last vote re nusres pay? Or how about Welfare for those most in need? Or how about taxing bankers bonuses or taxing the super rich more? To his consistent approach says enough to me – but it also makes me wonder about who actually did vote for him as when am speaking to my neighbours all seem to be of like mind

  23. An overwhelming majority of us voted for Mr Fabricant, Lesley Barton.
    That’s why he keeps getting re-elected with a bigger majority each time.

  24. Johnson needs to stop hiding away while this mess plays out. He’s got his antibodies, so why does he keep sending his bootlickers to make it up as they go along every day?

  25. A majority of us did not vote for Fabricant Barry, unless ‘us’ is people called Barry living in your household. 45% of the constituents who could have voted for him did. Democracy has been failing in the UK for years, ill-informed, miss-informed, and
    feeling disenfranchised, the British government is decided by an ever decreasing number of people and is representative of even less of them.

  26. Is not up to other parties to put up a “credible” opponent therefore?
    For all the criticism I see of our MP and the Government as a whole, can anyone say that Labour, the Liberals, Greens or anyone else came even close to proving they could do a better job?
    If other parties had managed to improve the quality of their leadership, their candidates and their policies, they might have come close to challenging the Conservatives by making sure so many people – says you – felt disenfranchished.
    Instead we get the same old griping from the sidelines that this is not fair.
    There seems a lot of armchair experts who comment on here and yet seem incapable of providing an alternative that is better. They simply like to criticise those who are elected and throw stones at those who did actually go out and vote for the best candidates. The fact they argue amongst themselves so much on here proves they have nothing meaningful to say.
    If this. If that. If the other.
    None of it means anything.
    The truth is uncomfortable for a lot of people. The Conservatives won comfortably in the UK and in Lichfield the majority increased.

  27. Barry

    We now have a competent leader in the Labour party who regularly skewers Johnson’s bluster and lies, in one way the Conservatives are lucky to have gambled and won in 2019, which some may have seen as a forgone conclusion with the unelectable Corbyn.

    You clearly believe the Conservatives and Fabricant are popular in Lichfield, I present an alternative view, they’re popular in a very defined demographic.

    Lichfield has a significantly older generation, in fact the below average count for all age groups is below the national average all the way to age 55+, you don’t have to be a genius at research to see white, wealthy home owners vote Conservative, if Lichfield had an average or above average 18-45 population would the position be the same.

    So the Conservatives may be sitting pretty at the moment, gifted a tenure by the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, but it is naive to base this view on popularity.

    On a final note, Fabricant increased his vote by 1% in 2019. The 50’s became 70, the 70’s, if they’re hanging on are aiming for their century – nothing has changed in Lichfield since the boundary changes, their success is the result of many factors, popular with old people is one thing, but those people die and demographics change, despite the council’s best attempt to build as many retirement homes in the city as possible.

  28. All interesting hypothesis Darryl.
    But the age groups in Lichfield for 18-35, 35-44 and 45-54 (all under55) outnumber those for people aged 55-64 and 64+.
    Yes we have high home ownership and low unemployment, but so do a lot of traditional Labour/Liberal areas of the country which overwhelmingly voted for the Conservatives in 2019. Not forgetting those supposed Labour heartlands which turned blue.
    If you consider the voting in the individual wards of Lichfield in 2019, Mr Fabricant scored consistently well in each and every one of them, even in supposed Labour areas. He never dipped below a 1,000 votes in each of those wards and actually won each ward quite comfortably, even those with younger voters who rent or might not work.

    These accurate breakdowns might help you.

    https://democraticdashboard.com/constituency/lichfield
    https://www.electoralcalculus.co.uk/fcgi-bin/seatdetails.py?seat=Lichfield

    The simple truth is the Conservatives nationally and in Lichfield have a wider appeal than you like to acknowledge or accept.

  29. Love the bawling about how “unfair” the voting system is. I didn’t notice any complaints in 97 or the 2000s when Labour were winning. More English people voted Conservative than Labour in 2005, but we didn’t spend our days crying over their 90 seat majority.
    I carried on working hard and continued putting money aside in preparation for the inevitable outcome.
    If I didn’t enjoy living in a place with a majority of middle-aged, white (that’s almost an insult now, isn’t it?) home-owners I could always upsticks and head off to Smethwick or Tower Hamlets, or similar. I’d hate to think anyone was being held locally against their will.

  30. I’m 45. The only ‘electable’ Labour leader in my lifetime was the only one that cosyed up to the Murdochs. Whether Corbyn was electable or not over 75% of media coverage factually misrepresented him. Someone says Labour finally have a competent leader in Keir Starmer, he starts looking good in parliament and what happens? A massive smear headline in the Daily Mail – the headline completely misleading but has a massive reach, the truth did not. If the Conservatives are so good then why do they need all of these tricks? The Tory MPs tweeting the edited footage of Starmer created by someone with links to a far-right terrorist group? Because the truth doesn’t matter any more. Farbricant wasn’t above this himself in the lead up to the last election. Retweeted made-up smears, they then get thousands of other retweets and interactions. Then to cover himself a short time later tweets that the lie ‘apparently wasn’t true’. That gets very little interaction, meanwhile the lie remains in place, it has a life of its own and keeps spreading.

  31. The demographics, boundary changes, voting systems are all well and good but there is one thing you can’t explain away with statistics or even legislate for, especially when it comes to voting in this country – the Great British Public be crazy!

    The BBC ran a phone vote on Saturday night to choose the best ever Eurovision song. There were 19 in total, the vast majority were dire obviously. The UK had 3 entries in that selection of 19, all big chart hits in this country and around Europe and all instantly humable, vacuous and perfect choices.
    The Great British Public voted for Waterloo, by Abba.

    Even when we rig it so only we can vote we don’t end up winning!

  32. Chris, quite a lot of truth in that. Imagine if Corbyn was in charge of this Covid debacle instead of bozo and Hancock , the Tory press would be tearing him to shreds and calling for his resignation.
    Incidentally the Tories were only elected on one policy,brexit. This present crisis has shown their real talent!

  33. @ Johnneo..and yet probably about 95% of the population followed the Conservative Governments lockdown instructions to the absolute letter without a whimper. Some taking it as a personal responsibility to police their own neighbours. What does that tell you? The Behavioural Science Dept certainly did their job. I am not being overly alarmist when I say that we are in dangerous times when there is no Parliament, it is unprecedented. A continued ‘virtual Parliament’ is basically a farce. It is easy to hide behind a screen.

  34. Danielle Taylor my daughter is a paediatric health professional. She is very concerned, as is her profession, with any sudden change in the incidence of the extremely rare Kawasaki syndrome. When is appeared to be connected to COVID19 infection then alarms were sounded, cautions issued and further research conducted – and is continuing. Any such connection will not be ‘proven’ until multiple, independent clusters are investigated. Neither will the emergent damage in adults, which is only just surfacing. While claiming no proof is correct, the case for caution is established and ignoring this is not justified.

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