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News, gossip and insight from PoliticsHome Editor Paul Waugh

PMQs, no PMQs

 

Here's a bit of Commons trivia for you.

Guess how many PMQs there are between now and the start of June? Two.

Given that the last PMQs was on March 20, that will mean that there are just two of Cam-EdM clashes in 12 WEEKS. 

Yes, you read that right. And we still haven't had one since the Budget.

The reason is the lengthy Easter recess holiday, today's Lady T funeral, the Prorogation of Parliament for the Queen's Speech and the Whitsun recess. Add em all up and you get just two free Wednesdays.

Here's the math: the last PMQs was on the day of the Budget, then Easter meant Weds Mar 27th, Apr 3rd and 10th were ruled out. Today, Apr 17th was ruled out.

There will be Prime Minister's Questions next week on Apr 24th but it is expected that the House will then prorogue on around Apr 29: that rules out Weds May 1st and the Queen's Speech is on May 8th. PMQs will then be back for May 15th. But it will be a One Week Only Special, as the House again rises on the 21st for Whitsun.

Most of the holidays will be described by the Government as unavoidable. But that may not stop some Labour MPs from shouting 'Frit!'

Regardless of the PMQs issue (some weeks Cam is on form, some weeks Ed is), the voters may just want to know why there are so many 'holidays'* for MPs anyway....

By my rough calculation, they have 38 days in total away from the Commons (26 of them on weekdays) between March 26 and June 3.

 

 

*FOOTNOTE: And before any MPs text me, I should point out they don't see them as holidays, they insist they are hard at work in their constituencies.

Oh, and the Lords aren't even back from Easter until next Monday (they had an extra 'ski-ing week').

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