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Jacob Rees-Mogg wants House of Commons to move to the Senedd for two weeks every three years

11 Mar 2021 2 minute read
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Jacob Rees-Mogg is proposing the House of Commons moves to the Senedd for two weeks every three years.

The Commons Leader who attends the Cabinet, wants MPs to gather each year in either Holyrood, the Welsh Assembly or Stormont, with the location rotating.

Under the plan the Westminster chamber would tour Cardiff, Scotland and Northern Ireland to show its dedication to the Union.

It would happen in the two weeks in September after the summer recess and before the break for party conferences, according to the Telegraph newspaper.

“It would bring Parliament closer to the people,” said a source familiar with the proposal told them.

The plan would mean all 650 MPs moving around the UK. According to the newspaper, Jacob Rees-Mogg has discussed the idea with the House of Commons speaker.

The Senedd currently has room only for 60 Members of the Senedd.

“The size of chambers would of course be an issue,” Ben Riley-Smith of the Telegraph said. “When I raised that, I was told Commons doesn’t fit 650 MPs and that people cram in and stand for debates.”

The devolved administrations would also have to approve the move.

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