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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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No 10: The House will be sitting for longer in 2013

The senior MP who chairs a Commons spending watchdog says the Government should consider making parliamentary calendar longer, because MPs risk looking "lazy". In response, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister has said in recent years the House has, in fact, been sitting for longer:

Ultimately, the shape of the parliamentary calendar is a matter for the House as a whole.

My understanding is that, for the 2013 calendar year, the House will be sitting for longer than in any of the previous four years and possibly longer than that.

Under this Government, there have been September sittings as well.

– Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesman

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