Government had to be reminded that Sunderland has three MPs during a Covid-19 conference call

Two of the three Members of Parliament for Sunderland were not initially invited to a conference call with the Government about coronavirus measures.

Monday, 12th October 2020, 5:43 pm
Updated Monday, 12th October 2020, 5:45 pm

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Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott had to remind the Government that there are three Members of Parliament for Sunderland during a telephone meeting about Covid-19 measures this afternoon (Monday, October 12).

MPs in the North East were given short notice to join the call, which took place between 2.10pm and 2.30pm, with Mrs Elliott only receiving the invitation one minute before it was scheduled to start.

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A spokesman for Julie Elliott’s office said: “Julie got notice of the call a minute before it was due to start.

"She joined just as the meeting was starting where she then informed them that there was more than one Sunderland MP.”

The MP for Washington and Sunderland West, Sharon Hodgson took to Twitter to express her anger, confirming that she was late to join the meeting.

Mrs Hodgson commented: “I got email invite at 2.18pm as another MP pointed out so many MPs missing. By time I got on call I had five minutes before it ended at 2.30pm. Total and complete Incompetence.”

Julie Elliott had to remind the Government that Sunderland has three Members of Parliament.

It is understood that the MP for Houghton and Sunderland South, Bridget Phillipson, was also missing from the call.

The omission of two Sunderland MPs comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed in the House of Commons that “talks are ongoing with North East leaders” over the Covid-19 tier level for the region.

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