MP calls for Commons stressbusters

first_imgAn MP has called for counselling to made available to politicians to helpthem cope with the increasing stresses and strains of being a legislator. Jean Corston, chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party, told politicalwebsite ePolitix that Parliament could do more to improve its working hours andstop MPs becoming lonely and depressed. “Parliament, with its weird hours, can sometimes make a bad situationmuch worse,” she said. “I don’t see a way round that but I do think there’s an argument forcounselling provision which is in no way stigmatised and which obviously wouldhave to be entirely confidential.” Parliament, with its many late night sittings and long hours has long beencriticised for its working practices. The arrival of more women MPs had made the Commons more family-friendly althoughthere was still a long way to go, she added. The Palace of Westminster operatesa voucher scheme for childcare but does not offer a childcare facility itself. “There is now much more readiness to accept that sometimes people dohave to put family first when they are working here, and that’s accepted,”she concluded. MP calls for Commons stressbustersOn 1 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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