MPs hope for a 3-month summer break as Sunak government ‘out of steam’ | Politics | News
MPs are speculating there could be a last-minute change to Parliamentary timetabling plans giving them an extended three-month break over the summer holidays and beyond.
The recess dates were published last week just before Parliament closed stating MPs will be expected to come back for two weeks in September ahead of the conference season following the summer recess (which begins next month on July 20).
But this has not stopped discussions surrounding the September fortnight being cancelled to give them a huge break until Charles III’s first King’s Speech to lay out his government’s programme – expected on October 16.
The speculation has arisen because MPs on both sides of the chamber are complaining very little is happening in Parliament and the government is pushing forward few pieces of legislation.
Just before this week’s recess, the government postponed legislation on animal welfare.
A Conservative former cabinet minister told Express.co.uk: “The problem is the government just does not want a fight with anybody.
“If a group of [Conservative MP] colleagues kick up about an issue like animal welfare legislation or house building, then they will just drop the bill.
“It means very little is happening and we are really doing the minimum.”
The ex-minister added: “I know they have set the dates, but I really would not be surprised if we are not back in September and wait until after the party conferences.”
One Conservative backbencher said: “I’ve stopped telling my whip if I am going to come in or not.
“At the moment, I can be more productive by just staying in my constituency, doing casework and surveys. There’s very little to come in for.
“I don’t even see why we would come back in September. There’s nothing to do here.”
A veteran Tory MP said: “The whole September return has always been a waste of time. It was Blair’s idea reacting to pressure from the media. We would be well rid of it.”
Labour MPs are also speculating there may be an extra-long summer.
One Labour MP said many colleagues are leaving on Wednesday afternoons as there is so little happening in Parliament.
The MP said: “There’s only many subject debates this place can run. The government appears to be giving up on legislation.
“I know they have said we are coming back in September but I would not be surprised if there was a change.”
Another Labour former minister said: “It has the feel of the end of the Gordon Brown government when we seemed to have run out of ideas and steam.
“People talk about zombie governments and this definitely is one.”