Very little beats a summer holiday on foreign shores, and as Prime Minister David Cameron has demonstrated with his trip to Portugal, MPs are as partial to an overseas break as the rest of us.
This idea is supported by ABTA’s annual MP Holiday Survey which found that more than two thirds (66%) of MPs are likely to head abroad on holiday, this compares to 52% of the general public. And of the three political parties it seems that Conservative MPs are most likely to pack their bags and make a beeline for an overseas destination, with 72% planning such a break in summer. In contrast these respective figures are 63% for Labour MPs and 47% for Liberal Democrats.
Alongside the Prime Minister other party leaders who are heading off to the continent this summer include Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who will be visiting family and Spain, and Labour leader Ed Miliband who will be enjoying the delights of the French countryside.
On a regional basis the research also showed that MPs in Scotland, Northern Ireland and The Midlands were most likely (77%) to enjoy a foreign holiday this summer. This is followed by London MPs (74%), MPs from the North (64%), Welsh MPs (50%) and South of England MPs (48%).
The research also revealed that male MPs are more likely than female MPs to holiday abroad (67% against 60%). Commenting on the findings, ABTA Head of Public Affairs Stephen D’Alfonso said: “Peak holiday season is well and truly upon us and our survey shows that like many of their constituents, a holiday abroad is a key part of MPs’ summer plans.
“As they enjoy their break, we’d ask them to think about the high level of air passenger duty they and their constituents will have paid on flights, and to push for the Government to scrap or reduce the tax for the benefit of the economy as well as local families.” Wherever you are heading off to on holiday, it’s important to organise travel insurance in advance.
Date Created: 08/08/2014