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    (Original post by Mr Dangermouse)
    Pleased to say that I am now an MP for the Labour party. Look forward to taking up my seat and some heated yet respectful debates with all MPs.
    Congrats to being selected by your party Mr Dangermouse look forward to debating with you in the MHOC
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    Quite a few new MPs heading to the Division Lobby this term
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    (Original post by Matthew_Lowson)
    Quite a few new MPs heading to the Division Lobby this term
    And some old faces returning as well such as yourself.
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    (Original post by toronto353)
    And some old faces returning as well such as yourself.
    Don't forget this Powerhouse is also returning
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    I am also a new Labour MP, and hope to take real part in the debates after a few weeks on the sidelines
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    (Original post by Morgsie)
    Don't forget this Powerhouse is also returning
    I look forward to sparring with you (and hopefully working with you on other issues).
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    (Original post by DebatingGreg)
    I am also a new Labour MP, and hope to take real part in the debates after a few weeks on the sidelines
    Congratulations.
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    (Original post by Morgsie)
    Minister's are not being held to account.
    Minister's are chosen and whether they release a Statement outlining the Agenda of the Department is a personal prerogative. Minister's may not release a Statement nor create a Department thread in the Government Forum. (There was no DCMS, DWP and DEFRA threads in the Government Forum last term)

    My Amendment will formally introduce the doctrine Ministerial Accountability to this House.
    Why should ministers be held to account on an internet forum? I like the idea that anyone is free to propose bills from any subject, and I think your amendment would make people feel they should only stick to their "department", which can only be a bad thing imo.

    Why is it so bloody important that ministers release statements? Surely the party/government bills should be enough? I know you worked hard on the transport statement, and well done to you, but I just feel it was unnecessary, and you could've spent the time writing the bills on the things you said you were going to write bills about in your statement.
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    (Original post by DebatingGreg)
    I am also a new Labour MP, and hope to take real part in the debates after a few weeks on the sidelines
    How do Labour select their MPs? Is it still completely at the leader's discretion?
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    I will also be returning to the MHOC Toronto353,and look forward to debating with yourself and others in the house.
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    No, it was consensual. We had more than 14 candidates, but older members were willing to give way to new blood, as evidenced by the strong showing of new MPs. There was no need for anyone to dictate who were to be our MPs.
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    (Original post by wizardtop)
    I will also be returning to the MHOC Toronto353,and look forward to debating with yourself and others in the house.
    Same here.


    (Original post by TopHat)
    No, it was consensual. We had more than 14 candidates, but older members were willing to give way to new blood, as evidenced by the strong showing of new MPs. There was no need for anyone to dictate who were to be our MPs.
    You could always do what TSR UKIP does and hold an MP election.
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    We had more than 14 candidates willing to take a place, but we decided mutually that it was better for the newer MPs to get priority, so some of the older ones took a step back, and, before, you know, we had our list Bit lucky as there was no hassle, I suppose
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    (Original post by TopHat)
    No, it was consensual. We had more than 14 candidates, but older members were willing to give way to new blood, as evidenced by the strong showing of new MPs. There was no need for anyone to dictate who were to be our MPs.
    Ah. But formally it's still the leader's power to decide, right?
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    (Original post by toronto353)
    You could always do what TSR UKIP does and hold an MP election.
    The trouble is, with 14 spaces to fill, it is rather time-consuming.

    (Original post by JPKC)
    Ah. But formally it's still the leader's power to decide, right?
    I believe so.
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    (Original post by TopHat)
    The trouble is, with 14 spaces to fill, it is rather time-consuming.



    I believe so.
    You have one huge election and the top x amount of people get seats.
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    (Original post by toronto353)
    You have one huge election and the top x amount of people get seats.
    We have plenty seats to dish out, unlike UKIP


    I'm joking mate.

    But I think we had 15 members express interest and 1 of the more experienced members said he would only be a voting figure due to lack of free time and said that he wasn't bothered one way or another, so he was the "odd man out."


    I'd imagine there'd be an election if there was a large excess of members really wanting a seat.
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    (Original post by Mr Dangermouse)
    We have plenty seats to dish out, unlike UKIP


    I'm joking mate.

    But I think we had 15 members express interest and 1 of the more experienced members said he would only be a voting figure due to lack of free time and said that he wasn't bothered one way or another, so he was the "odd man out."


    I'd imagine there'd be an election if there was a large excess of members really wanting a seat.
    It's the system that seems to work for us, but you can get a lot of interest. If you can hold that interest and turn that into activity within the House though, that would help to really reinvigorate the HoC.
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    In the Tory Party they all go down to the Punting Shed and then what happens is, one person gets a biscuit and...
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    (Original post by CyclopsRock)
    In the Tory Party they all go down to the Punting Shed and then what happens is, one person gets a biscuit and...
    Is this a 'what happens in the Punting Shed, stays in the Punting shed' kind of thing that the House doesn't need to hear about?

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