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Virtual parliament: which innovations should endure?

MPs may soon return to Westminster after a period of remote working. But they disagree on which aspects of the virtual proceedings to preserve  

By Marie Le Conte  

Photo: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

Dragging the Palace of Westminster into the 21st century was impossible until it wasn’t; years of debates on how to modernise the place were seemingly going nowhere, until there was no other choice.

The “virtual parliament”—or “hybrid parliament”, if you want to be precise—was set up in just a few short weeks, and suddenly MPs were able to vote electronically, and address the chamber from the comfort of their homes.

The novelty was amusing at first, with the first hybrid PMQs turning into an…

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