Outrageous. We should all write to our MPs to ask why they did not take part.
Look deeper though: the debate was was triggered in response to an e-petition filed in the Government Directgov website that achieved nearly 105,000 signatures. It was a debate not a vote and absence does not mean that MPs are not interested, involved or working hard on behalf of their constituents.
As the pressure group It is in effect a take-note motion, and cannot oblige the government to do more than that. The coalition decided not to oppose it for "we're listening" reasons, though it spoke against the key points. Few government MPs took part in the debate. No Conservatives and only three Liberal Democrats were among the 250 MPs who signed in support of such a debate taking place. Maybe MPs don't like these petition debates because they are triggered by us not them.
In fact reading the Hansard report, it seems that the major (but not the only ) issue is the way ATOS are running the WCA contract started as long ago as 1998 and renewed for 7 years in 2005. The good news is that ATOS want out and this Govt wants them out. See http://www.independe...es-9159394.html
And as Ekklesia pressure groups reports Minister of State for Disabled People, Mike Penning, said in the debate that he was willing to work with the Centre for Welfare Reform, one of the NGOs backing the WOW (War on Welfare) demands.
Its not just MPs, though. Amazingly, the e petition Stop Holiday companies charging extra in school holidays has already attracted 170, 330 signatures and the petition Ban the sale of young puppies & kittens without their mothers being present has attracted 108,641.
Regarding the MPs debating their own salary. In the poster,we are not told when and what that photo refers to. Maybe it was an actual vote.
I think my view on MPs pay and perks are probably well known. The govt should be taking radical steps to fund welfare for the most vulnerable by freezing MPs pay, and indeed all public sector pay for those on over £50K to improve the pay of the lower paid in the public sector. The so called pay freeze they introduces was not that. I mean no pay rise, no service awards, no bonuses, no increments , no grade changes if you are on £50K or over, no extra holidays.
Disclosure; My daughter has undergone a number of Work Capability Assessments with ATOS , though she has just been told she will not have to undertake another one for at least two years.