More than 120 Members of Parliament have joined Newcastle Central MP, Chi Onwurah in calling for the House of Commons to make Parliament digital for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.

In an open letter to John Benger, Clerk of the House of Commons, Chi Onwurah said: "In a national crisis when 30 million households are instructed to stay at home and save lives, we must show that we too have got the message."

A number of Westminster politicians have already been struck down by coronavirus, including the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock who are currently self isolating.

Chi Onwurah said: ''It is clear that Westminster is not a safe working environment.''

The letter which was posted on the MP's Twitter feed went on to say: ''In this time of crisis, we urge you to work with Parliamentary Digital Services and our excellent tech centre to design in the next few weeks a digital Parliament in which all members can operate.''

She added: ''People up and down the country have made huge behavioural changes in a matter of days and we must show that we are capable too.''

North East MPs also showing their support for a digital House of Commons include; Alex Cunningham, MP for Stockton North, Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central and Ian Mearns, MP for Gateshead.

The full list of MPs can be found here.

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