SOUTH Dorset MP Richard Drax has pressed government ministers about UK citizens stranded overseas and help needed for the self employed.

Speaking to Treasury Minister Stephen Barclay in the House of Commons, Mr Drax said: "Clearly, something needs to be done for the self employed.

"One of my constituents has pointed out that they will find themselves disadvantaged without the topping up an employer might give an employee, that there will not necessarily be an immediate return to work, and that seasonality will affect their income, which of course it would not do with an employee.”

Mr Barclay agreed the issue was "more complex" than first thought and that the Treasury intends to "bring forward proposals in the coming days.”

On the subject of residents stranded overseas, Mr Drax asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab how the government intended to get people home, particularly from Spain where the bulk of UK nationals are trapped.

Mr Raab said said he had spoken to the Spanish Foreign Minister to ensure no British citizens would be "kicked out of their hotel."

The secretary added that the Foreign Office was pursuing "the effort with the commercial airlines to get the Brits back – and that will take some time because of the volume."