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David Cameron recalls Parliament for a fourth time

Thursday's recall of Parliament will be the fourth time David Cameron has interrupted MPs' holidays.

  • In April, the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sparked a full day of tributes in both the Commons and the Lords
  • MPs were recalled twice during the 2011 summer recess - first for a statement about phone hacking and the police in July, and then again in August after riots broke out
  • Previously, recalls had been relatively rare - the next occasion was a recall in April 2002 to mark the death of the Queen Mother
  • Parliament was also recalled three times in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and subsequent military action