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Parliament is in ill health—and Brexit is going to make it worse

MPs being wheeled in from hospital to vote is only the tip of the iceberg. With long, demanding hours and little chance to work on pet projects, things are harder than ever for our politicians

By Marie Le Conte  

Theatre-goers with only a mild taste for politics were probably shocked to see elderly and sickly MPs wheeled into Parliament to vote in This House—but not as shocked as some commentators were to see the practice repeated last week.

James Graham’s hit portrayed life in Westminster under the Callaghan government of the late 1970’s. But some of its bleakest quirks have recently become relevant again.

Last week, Labour MP Naz Shah had to leave hospital in a wheelchair, sick bag on her lap, to vote on the EU Withdrawall Bill.


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