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What do MPs do on recess?

School's out for the summer—but what do MPs actually do in the break?

By Alex Dean  

Prime Minister Theresa May walking in a forest with her husband Philip while on holiday. Photo: PA

What are the dates?

MPs are off for the summer, and they’ll return to the House of Commons on September the 5th.

Is it really that simple?

If only. In reality, the set dates are often abandoned. While Parliament can be put on hold, the problems it’s built to deal with can’t. That’s why it’s been recalled on 41 occasions since 1949, including twice in 2013: once to honour Thatcher, once to…

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