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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:28 pm on 29th October 2019.

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Photo of Ian Murray Ian Murray Labour, Edinburgh South 8:28 pm, 29th October 2019

Just to follow up the point raised by Mike Gapes, I tabled an amendment to the Early Parliamentary General Election Bill that was not selected, and it said that any member of staff who has worked for a current Member for a continuous period should be considered for additional redundancy payments, given that, if the Member were to lose their seat, they will get only a month’s redundancy payment and they will lose their job on 12 December.

Will the Leader of the House look at that with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and the House authorities to ensure that the staff of Members who stand down or lose their seat are not disadvantaged over the Christmas and new year period?