It has been announced that MPs will enjoy having an extra month of time off from the Commons than last year.
MPs will take a two week break in February and both the Summer and Easter breaks will be a week longer than 2019. In total MPs will enjoy 63 days off this year, which is the equivalent of more than 12 weeks’ worth of holiday. This adds up to four weeks more than last year. Additionally, these holidays do not include the Christmas break. This will total more than double the average UK holiday entitlement of 33.5 days.
The first two week break in February will come just 13 days after the UK has exited the EU. Whilst some MPs argue that they work for large periods of the holidays on constituency business, SNP MP Gavin Newlands has tweeted that the government was attempting to “avoid scrutiny” with the generous timetable.
But even the bumper break available to MPs wasn’t enough for one senior Tory. Former minister Karen Bradley urged the Leader of the Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, to reinstate the bank holiday on May 4th, which was moved to the 8th to coincide with VE Day commemorations. Ms Bradley said: “Perhaps he might consider whether it might be in the spirit of a new, forward-looking Britain that we might have a second bank holiday in May, and reinstate that Monday as well as have the Friday.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]