On the journey back to Hull from Westminster last night, I bumped into a couple of local MPs. One thought it likely that someone would start querying the cost of recalling Parliament. I see that this has now happened. I made the point that it was a case of damned if you do and damned if you don’t. If Parliament is recalled, someone questions the cost. If it had not been recalled, the media would complain that Parliament isn’t meeting and that MPs are away on holiday at a time of national crisis.
I thought yesterday’s sitting was useful, not least for discussing what needs to be done immediately and, more problematically in terms of coming up with an answer, what we need to do in the long term. There were some good contributions, not least from Lord Dear and Baroness Young of Hornsey. I was struck by how many peers had knowledge of the areas affected or direct interest in the events. Even the minister replying to the debate, Baroness Browning, had a personal concern. She recorded that she did not sleep on Monday night “not because I live in London-I live miles away-but because one of my children does and had been forced to barricade himself into his house because of what was going on in the road outside.”