WATCH: Inside the Virtual Parliament

For the first time in its history, the UK Parliament has been embracing remote methods of working as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Select Committees, Prime Minister’s Questions, and, even, voting has been moved online despite historical resistance to modernisation within Parliament.

On Thursday 21st May 2020, WebRoots Democracy held an event exploring the creation and deployment of the so-called ‘Virtual Parliament’ with insights from Members of Parliament and senior staff members at the Parliamentary Digital Service. The discussion is available in full below.

Speakers

Abena Oppong-Asare MP – Labour Party, Erith and Thamesmead
Hannah Bardell MP – Scottish National Party, Livingston
Naz Shah MP – Labour Party, Bradford West
Matt Stutely – Director of Software Engineering, Parliamentary Digital Service
Nikola Spicer – Head of Software Delivery, Parliamentary Digital Service

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