Is 82 days a fair holiday for MPs?

July 23, 2009

Prime Minister Gordon Brown is gearing up for his holidays, which he is expected to take mainly in his Kircaldy constituency and the Lake District.

Conservative leader David Cameron and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg are travelling overseas for their summer breaks.

Parliament is in recess from July 21┬áto October 12, but Brown says he and most MPs will not use the long break as “an extended vacation,” reports the Guardian.

“The idea that people are taking 82 days holiday is wrong. I am having a few days holiday, and I am getting on with the job,” he said.

How much holiday time should MPs get?


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82 days seems a bit much. Add nine more and it’s 1/4 of a year!

Posted by John | Report as abusive

It depends how many hours they work the rest of the year.

Posted by Cedric | Report as abusive

Of course it’s wrong. Such a silly question to ask!

Posted by Peter Schwarz | Report as abusive

82 Days is simply laughable, if only we had something to laugh about?

Posted by Peter Schwarz | Report as abusive

Totally ridiculous, give ’em 365 a year off, they’re completely useless when they’re there.

Posted by scoops | Report as abusive

The term ‘holiday’ is probably a bit misleading. From what I’ve heard, MP’s often use the break from the Commons to pursue constituency activities, so the question itself is a bit meaningless without more context.

Posted by Tanya Jones | Report as abusive