An North East MP has been forced to choose between protecting her husband who is living with incurable cancer and voting in parliament.
North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon has taken the decision not to return to parliament as Ray, her husband of almost 20 years, is shielding because he has incurable cancer.
And she says Government’s decision to end virtual voting “doesn’t seem to have any logic to it”.
In late April a hybrid system, allowing MPs to participate in the Chamber either in person or remotely, was introduced which included remote voting.
But following a decision by Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the House of Commons, remote voting is no longer possible, instead new measures are expected to allow vulnerable MPs to apply for a proxy vote.
Mrs Glindon took the decision not to attend parliament as her husband Ray, a North Tyneside councillor, is shielding because he has incurable prostate cancer. She said: “For five years Ray has had fantastic treatment and money spent on him by the NHS, how foolish would it be to say ‘lets chance it’. “I think life’s too precious. He’s fought hard to be here. I owe it to him to respect that.”