I was really excited to read on the Parliamentary intranet that the Speaker was holding two Carol Services in the State Rooms for staff. I applied for tickets and much to my chagrin was advised that this was just for staff of the House of Commons – NOT MPs’ staff. We are also excluded from Health and Safety and Occupational Therapy. Now I learn that there are proposals to cut further dining services and post office services when the House rises ‘as few MPs are around’. No thought is spared for the staff who work regular hours whether the House is sitting or not. I really do wonder why I bother.
I don't blame her. What is it that makes the parliamentary authorities think it can treat MPs' staff like this?