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List of Parliamentary Private Secretaries: a reply from No.10

Two weeks ago I wrote a post about my frustration at being unable to find a list of Parliamentary Private Secretaries. The coalition government had published a list in 2010 but this has never been updated. On the suggestion of the House … Continue reading

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What role will Parliament play in Britain’s response to terrorist threat?

The terrorist attacks in Paris will raise understandable concerns about the threat of further attacks, including in the UK. Although Paris has suffered two serious attacks this year the government will be keen to ensure that the British public are not … Continue reading

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Who are the Parliamentary Private Secretaries?

I have written before about Parliamentary Private Secretaries. In 2013 I observed that these unpaid Ministerial aides have perhaps the least glamorous job in parliament. Theirs’ is also perhaps the most elusive job in parliament. Although they are unpaid and therefore … Continue reading

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Putting some stick about: House of Cards and parliamentary whipping

The recent glossy American remake has brought a new audience to the political drama House of Cards, but the original BBC drama from the 1990s has been a feature of our first year politics course for a number of years, and does bear repeated … Continue reading

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You think this lot are bad: errant MPs and a word on punishment

There is a widespread, and not entirely unjustified, impression that most parliamentarians are venal, self-serving individuals whose sole motivation is self aggrandisement and personal gain. While this is a view with which many, including myself, would disagree it can at times be frustratingly difficult to maintain … Continue reading

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