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Commons' new iPad voting system 'more than enough modernisation' for MPs

By Richard Wheeler

Published 21/01/2016

iPad voting is expected to be used for all votes at some stage in the future
iPad voting is expected to be used for all votes at some stage in the future

Introducing voting on iPads is "more than enough modernisation" for MPs in the 21st century, ministers have been told.

The Commons' new iPad voting system was used for the first time on Tuesday as Labour sought to overturn the Government's plan to replace student maintenance grants with loans.

Speaker John Bercow ruled the issue applied solely to England, meaning the tablet system to record votes was needed to work out if Labour had secured the double majority required among all MPs and also English MPs.

This system is expected to be used for all votes at some stage in the future.

But Conservative David Nuttall has voiced his concern about further changes to how the Commons works.

Speaking in the Commons, Bury North MP Mr Nuttall asked Deputy Commons Leader Therese Coffey: "Do you not agree that the introduction of iPads into the voting process in the lobbies is more than enough modernisation for this century?

Ms Coffey replied: "I have always thought of you as a very traditional man.

"I'd say (the Lords) has been using that technology for some time.

"It is a useful thing to do and I look forward to the electronic recording of votes being introduced into this place in due course."

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