Any MP will tell you that the summer recess is not a holiday. Colleagues on all sides of the House spend the long break working very hard in their constituencies, they say. So here’s a way to take a break from those pesky voters. All MPs were recently emailed the following:
‘URGENT | HMG Election Observation Mission | Maldives | 5-9 September 2013 (exact dates to be confirmed)
‘We are urgently looking for four Members (party/gender balance) to take part in a proposed HMG election observation mission to Maldives for the forthcoming Presidential elections due in September. As part of the mission Members will join FCO staff from the British High Commission in Colombo and will be deployed in small groups to monitor polling stations either in and around Malé or to islands in the Northern and Southern atolls. Members will be asked to submit a short report on their findings to the FCO.’
Steerpike hears that there was a lot of interest in this doubtless strenuous mission.