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“It’s frustrating how archaic it is”: How coronavirus could change the way parliament operates forever

From social media requests to video conferences with ministers, this is a chance to overhaul some of parliament's outdated reliance on the physical spaces of SW1

By Marie Le Conte  

Will the crisis force SW1 to become more tech-savvy? Photo: PA

On January 23rd, health secretary Matt Hancock stood at the despatch box to talk about a new outbreak in Wuhan, China. Though the situation was being carefully monitored, he explained the risk to the UK population was “low” and the country was “well prepared and well equipped” to deal with any potential British cases.

“I remember the first coronavirus statement to the House of Commons,” says Conservative MP Alicia Kearns. “I went out of a foreign affairs interest,…

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