Confusion reigns – not for the first time
Tory MP Stephen Crabb managed to make a hash of his attempt to vote using the new system introduced for Commons votes after the usual voting lobbies were ruled out because of the cramped conditions during the pandemic.
Crabb cast his ‘aye’ vote then followed the previous voter, Labour’s Charlotte Nichols, down the ‘no’ channel, then after being called back, switched sides – but changed his vote to no. Then back to aye:
Ironically, the vote was on a government proposal to scrap electronic voting – temporarily used during the crisis but which offends Jacob Rees-Mogg – and MPs had to stand in huge queues to cast their vote:
Of course, if the Tories were not pushing an outdated idea that only those present can vote – automatically excluding many MPs who currently can’t attend because of health issues or because they are shielding a family member – they could keep using electronic voting like many modern parliaments.
But then, they can’t get that right either. Chancellor Rishi Sunak managed to vote against the government when they tried it last month.
Maybe it’s just the Tories who are the problem.
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