At the end of Parliament last Thursday, the Treasurer of HM Household, Marcus Jones who is also the Conservative MP for Nuneaton ended his statement at the end of the Easter Adjournment with these words “I wish everybody a happy Easter and I wish well all the other religions that are taking part in religious ceremonies in April.“ He is the person in this image. Earlier on in the session the Labour MP Matt Rodda from Reading East ended his session with “I look forward to enjoying a happy Easter, and I wish a very happy Easter to all Members present.” Then Chris Stephens the SNP MP from Glasgow South West ended his session with “I hope that all hon. Members from across the House have a good recess and do the great work that we all try to do for our constituents.” Also there was a response from Jessica Morden the Labour MP for Newport East who ended with “I hope that wherever we are and however we are commemorating the days and weeks ahead, we all have a restful but constructive working recess, and I will see everyone in April.” Along with Marcus, Matt, Chris and Jessica Bob Blackman the Conservative MP for Harrow East who set out the Easter Adjournment session stated at the end of his section at the beginning of the session.
Finally, I wish everyone who is celebrating a very happy and healthy Eid and Easter, because we are of course not only celebrating the festival of Ramadan but breaking for Easter. We also have the festival of Passover, which Jews will be celebrating, and today is Rama Navami—a tongue-twister if ever there were one—when Hindus celebrate, once again, the triumph of good over evil. I trust that everyone will be able to relax and enjoy some time with family, friends and loved ones over this period, as well as of course to campaign in the local elections. Most importantly, I hope that hon. Members can take time for reflection, whichever religion they follow, so that they come back refreshed and in a better mood.
So Happy Easter for our Nation and for our MPs.