English Parliament seeks return to a fixed-term election system

In Britain, an overwhelming number of Conservative MPs will oppose a government proposal to return to a hybrid format in the House of Commons, reported The Times of London. MPs are calling for an…

English Parliament seeks return to a fixed-term election system

In Britain, an overwhelming number of Conservative MPs will oppose a government proposal to return to a hybrid format in the House of Commons, reported The Times of London.

MPs are calling for an outright, square-up parliamentary voting system to be revived, replacing the electoral system that was used before 2010.

Even some of the Tory MPs who don’t necessarily favor a return to a hybrid could vote with Labour to defeat the government proposal because they share the concern that change could “open up the door for radical change” to policies the Tory government has recently enacted.

Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen told The Times that as MPs get used to the current structure, they “shouldn’t be having to endure the aggravation of trying to renegotiate elections.”

Speaking at a recent Commons meeting on politics in the House of Commons, Bridgen reportedly said he wanted to make a “hard and quick decision” in November so he could be assigned a special committee to take charge of reform measures for the next two years.

Conservative MP Bob Blackman, a long-time opponent of the hybrid vote, said on Monday that “a full-scale review is needed …. and we should go back to a fixed-term Parliament,” reported The Guardian.

Also in Britain, the Department of Health said that the first batch of immunizations against the coronavirus that has killed 19 people so far will start being administered to children in Saskatchewan beginning in early December.

The coronavirus – originally called a novel coronavirus (NCoV) – was discovered in June 2013 in Saudi Arabia and has since infected many people around the world, including those in Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Jordan, Germany, France, Canada, Britain and the United States.

Children in Saskatchewan are being targeted for immunization in hopes of preventing further cases of NCoV from taking place, said the department, according to The Globe and Mail.

“The Department of Health is working closely with government colleagues in Ontario, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec to deliver this important vaccination program for children,” Dr. Steven King, chief medical officer of health at the Ministry of Health in Saskatchewan, said in a statement.

“We’re seeing a lower than expected risk of NCoV cases developing for this flu season,” King said. “That means that risk of contracting the virus is lower for children to take advantage of this vaccination as soon as possible.”

The plan in Saskatchewan is part of the NHS’s efforts to mitigate the risk of NCoV in the country, according to The Guardian.

In 2011, Canada’s public health agency reported that there were four cases of NCoV and none were fatal.

With no confirmed cases so far this flu season, Health Canada may choose to stop making the vaccine available to Canadians, the Toronto Star reported.

Read the full story at The Times of London and The Globe and Mail.

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