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Proxy voting

You can apply to the Speaker to vote by proxy if you are going to be a new mother, new father or adoptive parent or are unable to attend at Westminster for medical or public health reasons related to the pandemic. Proxy voting was introduced as a 12 month trial, which started on 29 January 2019. On 16 January 2020, the House agreed to extend the trial for six months from 29 January 2020. On 10 June 2020 the House agreed to amend the resolution of 4 June to extend proxy voting to Members who are unable to attend at Westminster for medical or public health reasons related to the pandemic.

You can find the updated requirements of the scheme here.

You are eligible for the scheme if you are:

  • a new biological mother of a baby
  • primary adopter of a baby or child
  • a new biological father of a baby
  • the partner of the person giving birth
  • the second adopter of a baby or child
  • unable to attend at Westminster for medical or public health reasons related to the pandemic.

You may also be eligible for the scheme if you have suffered a miscarriage.

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