Away from debates on the Brexit negotiations, Members of the UK House of Commons are set to take their 2018 Summer recess from July 24, 2018. The six-week break affords opportunities to MPs to attend to other important assignments outside the august House.
In the absence of Parliamentary sittings, Members of the UK Parliament work in their respective Constituencies, including holding surgeries and attending to constituency casework and correspondences.
They also commit time to attend to Party issues and local events. The break again affords MPs the opportunity to go on holidays and to partake in other engagements they will otherwise not make the time for.
MP for Northampton North, Michael Ellis has used part of his summer break periods in the past to garner some “work experience”. Some of Michael’s favourite shifts have included going on the beat with Northamptonshire Police, selling fruit and veg on Northampton Market, working on the tills in Morrisons and even flipping burgers at McDonalds, all in a way to better understand his constituents’ work.
Aside the recess in Summer, MPs and Peers also get short breaks for Easter and Christmas as well as one week breaks in mid-February and end of May.
After the break on Tuesday, Parliament is scheduled to resume sittings from September 4, 2018.