MPs will get the equivalent of an extra month away from the Commons this year compared to 2019.

A timetable unveiled by Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg shows that the lower house of Parliament will be in recess for 63 weekdays between now and September - a rise from 43 days in the same period last year.

On top of this, MPs will get more than three weeks away from Westminster for the conference season in the autumn, plus Christmas holidays which have yet to be announced.

The extra non-sitting days amount to around a month's extra time that MPs do not need to be at Westminster.

The summer break for MPs will run to seven weeks, or 34 working days this year - up seven working days on last year.

But MPs often insist they continue working on constituency and other matters when the House is not sitting.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "Parliamentary recess dates are a matter for the House and these dates are in line with recess patterns from previous years."

The spokesman added: "The Government set out its ambitious legislative agenda in the Queen's Speech in December. Since then we have already worked at pace to introduce 10 Bills that deliver on the people's priorities."

MPs also spent a lot of time away from Westminster during the general election campaign in November and December last year.