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Here is a question from BTL worth flagging up – a) because I actually have an answer, and b) because this will become a big story next year.
@Andrew. Any idea what happened to the fixed term parliament act review? Have any findings been published by the set up committee (assuming one was set)?
The Prime Minister also has a legal duty to arrange a review of the FTPA in 2020.
Between June and November 2020, the Prime Minister has to arrange for a committee to carry out a review of the Act. He has to publish the committee’s findings. The committee may recommend that the Act is repealed or amended. A majority of members of the committee have to be MPs.
Two anti-lockdown Conservatives have been giving interviews this morning explaining why it is so important for them to see a cost-benefit analysis of the restrictions being introduced this week before they decide how to vote.
Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham in West Sussex, told Sky News:
If the government cannot produce the data, and the logic, for me to be able to convince my constituents, I cannot vote when the vote is put before us tomorrow. It’s as simple as that. It’s not about rebellion; it’s about doing what is best for our constituencies.
In the absence of a cost-benefit analysis, and a health and harms analysis, then my default position is I cannot look my constituents in the eye, shut down their businesses, drive unemployment up by another million or two, without the proper understanding, or sight even, of the data. So, yes, it’s very, very important.