There will be no Prime Minister’s Questions today as the House of Commons is on recess.

Parliament broke for Whitsun recess on Thursday 25 May, and will not return until next week.

Whitsun is the Anglican holy day of Pentecost, which was marked on Sunday. It always falls exactly seven weeks after Easter Sunday, and is followed by the spring bank holiday.

When is the next PMQs?

The House of Commons will next sit on Monday 5 June, meaning the next PMQs will be on Wednesday 7 June, at the usual time of midday.

That parliamentary session will run until 20 July, after which MPs will go on a summer break until 4 September.

They break again for conference season between 19 September and 16 October, and also have time off for Christmas, from 19 December until 8 January.

What’s happening in politics today?

More than half of the Conservative MPs standing down at the next election risked seeing their seat taken by Labour, new data analysis has shown.

Thirty-six Tory MPs have officially announced they will not stand at the next election, 21 of whom are in seats which are vulnerable to Labour, according to i analysis of data by Electoral Calculus.

The Electoral Calculus data is based on projected results if Labour won 44 per cent of the vote while 29.3 per cent went to the Conservatives, 9.3 per cent went to the Liberal Democrats and 3.7 per cent went to the SNP – as is predicted in an average of current polling.

Martin Baxter, founder and CEO of Electoral Calculus, said: “More Conservative MPs than in 2019 have already said they will not stand again, and others might join them before the next election.

He added that while the reasons for MPs departing “vary”, many of them “will be worried about losing their seat at a general election” or are likely to be “unhappy with the direction of the party”.

Meanwhile the Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, has said Britain’s future is outside the EU, as he promised to make Brexit work should his party win the next election.

As the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, heads to the European Political Community summit in Moldova this week, Sir Keir said “the subject of fixing the Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the UK and the EU must be high up the agenda”.

“If we are to make Brexit work, we need a government with the vision and the focus to deliver it,” he wrote in the Daily Express.

“As Rishi Sunak heads off to meet with Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, there are no signs that he or his Government have any proper plan to deliver that better future for our country.

“Britain’s future is outside the EU. Not in the single market, not in the customs union, not with a return to freedom of movement. Those arguments are in the past, where they belong.”

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