When does Parliament’s summer recess end this year, how long does it last and what do MPs do?

When does Parliament’s summer recess end this year, how long does it last and what do MPs do?

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MPs are due back in the House of Commons’ after the annual summer recess to resume their Westminster work.

Here’s all about the Parliament summer break, and what they get up to during their time off.

The House started its summer recess on July 25, and it returns on September 3
The House started its summer recess on July 25, and it returns on September 3
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When does the summer recess begin and how long is it?

The House of Commons rose on July 25 and MPs returned on September 3.

Just over a week later, there will be another short break for party conference season.

The Conservative Party conference will take place in Manchester from September 29- October 2.

Labour‘s conference will be held in Brighton between September 21 and 25, while the Lib Dem conference will be in Bournemouth between September 14 and 17.

Boris Johnson only became Prime Minister 12 days before the summer recess
Boris Johnson only became Prime Minister 12 days before the summer recess, and has since suspended Parliament until October 14
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How do breaks for MPs work?

The break lasts six weeks, and is the longest recess on Parliament’s calendar.

MPs and peers also (normally) get a two-week break at Christmas and Easter in addition to one week in mid-February and a further week at the end of May.

Traditionally, the government has not given MPs recess dates more than a few months in advance and the dates are always announced by the Leader of the House.

During this period most political programmes, such as Question Time and the Andrew Marr Show, are not aired.


What do MPs do during the break?

When Parliament is not sitting, MPs work in their constituencies, including holding surgeries and dealing with constituency casework and correspondence.

They may also, for example, work on party matters and attend local events.

MPs also go on holiday during this time.

Michael Ellis, MP for Northampton North, even spent one recess a few years ago flipping burgers so as to better understand his constituents’ work.

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