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Former Clerk of the House: I have never seen legislation like this before

David Natzler on Covid-19, how a virtual parliament conducts business, and why politics is a “contact sport”

By Alex Dean  

"We are waiting for the real thing to return," says Natzler

How should parliament function in the age of coronavirus? The government’s new powers are unprecedented in scope, meaning proper scrutiny is more important than ever. Parliament has been dragged into the 21st century over recent weeks, with the pandemic forcing remote working, leading to the unusual sight of elderly peers using Microsoft Teams. With the legislature back in action, can it continue to adapt and hold the government to account during a period of national emergency?

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