Two thirds of MPs to holiday abroad

Two thirds of MPs will go to foreign shores
Two thirds of MPs will go to foreign shores

Two thirds of MPs are expected to go on holidays overseas this year compared to 52% of the general public.

A new ComRes survey from ABTA found those in the Conservative party are more likely to head on foreign trips with 72% planning an overseas summer holiday, compared to 63% of Labour MPs and 47% of those in the Liberal Democrats.

They are also more likely to head overseas for a holiday if based in Scotland, Northern Ireland or the Midlands with 77% from these areas going away, compared to 74% of London MPs, 64% in the north and 50% in Wales. MPs in the south of England are least likely to take a foreign holiday (48%).

Prime Minister David Cameron is spending his main holiday in Portugal this summer while Nick Clegg will visit family in Spain and Ed Miliband will head to France.

“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,” said ABTA’s head of public affairs Stephen D’Alfonso. “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. Once they come back from their foreign or UK getaways after the summer, ABTA looks forward to working with all MPs to highlight the contribution that travel and tourism makes to jobs and growth and how we can build on this from 2015 onwards.”

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