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Shielding MP 'very happy' about proxy vote plan in Commons

Pete Cooper

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On Tuesday MPs voted to reinstate a physical Parliament, despite a rebellion by 10 Conservatives.

Some MPs have said the Conservative government's plans risk excluding those with medical conditions or caring duties.

Responding to criticism, Boris Johnson said shielded and older members should be allowed to vote by proxy.

Later, the government will introduce a motion, allowing those MPs to be able to take part in questions virtually.

Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for Harlow in Essex who is shielding and did not attend last night's vote on medical advice, said he was "very happy" to hear the news.

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Currently, MPs who are new parents are able to arrange a proxy vote.

Mr Halfon was born with mild cerebral palsy. He has since developed osteoarthritis and walks using crutches.