A British Conservative MP has been tested for coronavirus after becoming visibly unwell in the House of Commons chamber.

The development comes a day after MPs approved the British government's plan to end virtual voting in the House of Commons.

A spokeswoman for Alok Sharma said the MP "began feeling unwell when in the chamber delivering the second reading of the Corporate Governance and Insolvency Bill".

She said he will be tested for coronavirus in line with guidance and is returning home to self-isolate.

During the debate, he was seen wiping his face with a handkerchief several times and his opposite number in Labour's shadow cabinet, Ed Miliband, passed him a glass of water at one point.


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Yesterday British Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a Tory revolt over plans to end online voting for MPs during the coronavirus crisis, while his government came under criticism from the equality watchdog.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) wrote to all MPs to "raise our concern" ahead of a vote on the move, saying it "cannot be right" to exclude elected representatives.

The watchdog warned it would "place at significant disadvantage" MPs who are shielding or self-isolating due to age, disability, health or pregnancy, as well as those who will struggle to travel to Westminster.

MPs from Northern Ireland and Scotland also complained that continued restrictions on travel made it hard for them to be in London.

The proposal announced by Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg saw parliamentarians forming queues several hundred metres long in order to obey social distancing rules - despite the Lords planning a move online.

It was approved by 261 votes to 163, majority 98, while an amendment to allow remote voting to return was defeated by 185 votes to 242, majority 57, following a 46-minute division.