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MPs told they risk looking lazy

The senior MP who chairs the Commons spending watchdog has warned her colleagues that they risk being seen as lazy because the amount of time they spend in Westminster appears to be getting less and less.

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'It feels as if we are hardly working' warns Labour MP

The current parliamentary session is winding down, with both Houses of Parliament expected to rise for a few days ahead of the Queen's Speech on May 8. MPs only returned from their Easter recess last week and peers are back at work this week for the first time since March 27.

Members of the public would be forgiven for thinking that it is MPs who are lazy and that it is Parliament that is failing to provide good value for money.

The committee I chair spends a lot of time scrutinising public spending and whether it is worthwhile and yet the very heart of government - Parliament - seems to be the most sluggish part of our system.

We are not spending enough time in Westminster, and this creates a democratic vacuum. The executive can go on and you cannot hold them to the account. It feels as if we are hardly working.

– Margaret Hodge, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee speaking to The Guardian

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