MPs trim back their foreign holiday plans for summer 2016

MPs trim back their foreign holiday plans for summer 2016

Marginally fewer MPs plan to take a foreign holiday this summer, according to the results of new research published today.

Around three quarters of MPs (74%) say they are likely to have a holiday abroad this summer against 77% last year.

However, MPs are more likely to take a holiday abroad than the general public, 54% of whom took a foreign holiday last year,  according to research for Abta carried out by ComRes.

Despite the impending Labour leadership election, the Labour MPs surveyed were more likely than their Conservative counterparts to say they will have a holiday abroad this summer at 78%, compared to 69% of Tories.

Conservative MPs are less likely to be planning a holiday abroad this year - 82% of Conservatives and 73% of Labour MPs stated they were planning a summer holiday in 2015.

Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “Peak holiday season is well and truly upon us and after an incredibly eventful few months on the domestic political stage our survey shows that a majority of MPs are clearly looking forward to a holiday abroad this summer.

“As they enjoy their break in the sun, 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 support Abta’s push for the government to scrap or reduce the tax for the benefit of the economy as well as local families.”

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