Jacob Rees-Mogg told to resign immediately as Labour MP erupts in staggering Commons rant

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Labour MP Barry Sheerman erupted at Jacob Rees-Mogg in the House of Commons on Monday. Mr Sheerman insisted Mr Rees-Mogg was preventing him from doing his job due to restrictions on MPs not working in person in the House of Commons. He called for Mr Rees-Mogg to resign and insisted his handling of the coronavirus situation in the House of Commons had been “sub-optimal.”

Mr Sheerman said: “Mr Speaker, thank you so much, I think the leader of the House will know that I am a long-serving member of Parliament.

“I have been an active Parliamentarian who so much wants to be back in the House of Commons doing the job that I have been doing for over 40 years.

“But can I say that if there is anything that is sub-optimal here, it is the leader of the House.”

Mr Sheerman argued that Mr Rees-Mogg should allow more virtual engagements with the House of Commons.

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He continued: “I have to say to the right honourable gentleman is that my responsibility, my key and prime duty is to my constituents.

“He is the man who is stopping me serving as a full member of Parliament.

“If it was not for the Speaker of the House, not him, I would not have been able to do my select committee.

“The fact of the matter is that he is sub-optimal and should resign.

Mr Rees-Mogg has faced criticism for his stance on the importance of MPs not opting to do their jobs virtually but to come into the House of Commons.

He has previously resisted calls to extend remote participation and voting, agreed to explore “additional” opportunities for shielding MPs to take part by video link.

He did add that it would not appropriate to do this on an unlimited basis.

Mr Rees-Mogg has consistently questioned the merits of virtual participation and remote voting during the coronavirus pandemic.

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At the moment, MPs can put questions to ministers by video link, including during Prime Minister’s Questions.

But they are not able to contribute to general debates on legislation or events in Westminster Hall.

This is a separate chamber from the House of Commons and proved a contentious topic for MPs wishing for more flexibility while working from home.

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