Tory MPs cast proxy votes while on free Euro 2020 jaunt to Wembley

We’re going to Wembley! Tory MPs took part in EU settlement scheme vote using proxy system while watching England’s Euro 2020 semi final win against Denmark

  • Ben Wallace and Mark Spencer among those who went to Wembley on July 7
  • Watched England beat Denmark 20-1 thanks to Harry Kane winner in extra time
  • It kicked-off shortly after vote on EU settlement scheme in the Commons
  • A dozen Conservative MPs including senior ministers used the House of Commons proxy voting system in order to go to Wembley to watch England play in the Euros, è stato rivelato oggi.

    Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Tory chief whip Mark Spencerwho is in charge of party disciplinewere among those who attended the semi-final against Denmark on July 7.

    They enjoyed the historic match, which kicked off shortly after a vote on the settlement scheme for EU nationals to stay in Britain after Brexi was taking place in Parliament.

    As well as the 12 Tories who were at Wembley, an investigation by the Politico website revealed that hundreds more MPs used proxy votes to avoid the division shortly before kick-off in north west Londra.

    A government source said the proxy voting systemwhere another MP votes from the missing MP on their behalf was being used at the time to avoid crowding in the voting lobbies in the middle of the pandemic.

    An extra-time winner from Harry Kane that night sent England into their first major competitive final since 1966.

    Ben Wallace

    Mark Spencer

    Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Tory chief whip Mark Spencerwho is in charge of party discipline in the Commonswere among those who attended the semi-final against Denmark on July 7.

    As well as the 12 Tories who were at Wembley, an investigation by the Politico website revealed that hundreds more MPs used proxy votes to avoid the division shortly before kick-off in north west London.

    As well as the 12 Tories who were at Wembley, an investigation by the Politico website revealed that hundreds more MPs used proxy votes to avoid the division shortly before kick-off in north west London.

    An extra-time winner from Harry Kane that night sent England into their first major competitive final since 1966.

    An extra-time winner from Harry Kane that night sent England into their first major competitive final since 1966.

    Which MPs were at England v Denmark?

    Conservatori:

    Ben WallaceDefence Secretary

    Kit MalthousePolicing Minister

    Nigel AdamsMinister without Portfolio

    Mark SpencerTory chief whip

    Scott Benton

    Philip Davies

    Esther McVey

    Laurence Robertson

    Mark Jenkinson

    Craig Whittaker

    Mike Wood

    Aaron Bell

    Lavoro duro e faticoso:

    Jon Ashworth

    Jonathan Reynolds

    Stephen Kinnock

    Charlotte Nichols

    Sharon Hodgson

    Toby Perkins

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    Six Labour MPs, including frontbenchers, including shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth and shadow work and pensions secretary Jonathan Reynolds also attended Wembley.

    They had voted by proxy in an earlier division, but Labour abstained in the settlement scheme vote so their presence was not required.

    Along with Stephen Kinnock, Charlotte Nichols, Sharon Hodgson and Toby Perkins, they enjoyed hospitality at the game.

    They told Politico they had been following whipsadvice to use proxy voting to avoid crowds in the division lobbies.

    Boris Johnson extended the proxy voting scheme initially brought in for new parents or expectant mother in June 2020 to allow MPs who cannot make it to Westminster because they are shielding because of age or ill-health to take part

    The Prime Minister made the announcement as his Government faced widespread ridicule over a mile-long ‘socially distanced congaof politicians that snaked around Parliament for a vote.

    It has continued in place despite the House of Commons now returning in full capacity, including for votes.

    Questions are already being asked over use of the system after it was revealed that Tory MP Geoffrey Cox used it to cast votes on 18 giorni, including when he was working as a barrister in the Caribbean.

    He took advantage of lockdown rules to cast votes as he worked 4,000 miles away on a lucrative contract in the British Virgin Islands earlier this year.

    Sir Geoffrey, who is known for being the highest-earning MP, spent up to a month in the BVI working for Withers, an international law firm.

    He is thought to have been in the BVI in April and May this year. He was recorded as arriving on April 26, while the Commons was debating global anti-corruption sanctions.

    A press release on the BVI government website for that day stated that Sir Geoffrey was ‘currently in quarantine’ but ‘intends to hold a series of meetings with government ministers in the next few weeks’.

    He was listed among MPs eligible for a proxy vote that day.

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