(Original post by RoryS)
Firstly, good luck to all other candidates.
Here goes with all the questions asked. It's a long one, I'm sorry!
1) I don't believe so, of course, experience is a key part of the MHoC as it allows you to develop and form more ideas & opinions on different matters. I do have lots of experience in various roles, but I think I've held the roles long enough for me to settle into them and to do well in them. I don't believe it holds me back, I think being in different roles does the complete opposite.
I will give up my leadership role in Labour but will still take an active part in their sub-forum by giving advice and opinions. I will probably remind SSoS for Transport. I will maintain my role in the MUN also.
Firstly, I believed that I wouldn't stand a chance amongst other candidates, but then, once the two manifestos were posted I thought that we wasn't enough competition between the candidates so I voted RON and decided to write a manifesto. There's no harm in trying! I will be very dedicated to a Speaker role. I'm constantly checking the forum when I'm at home and I would take on an administration system to make sure all bills, motions and petitions were submitted at the right time. I will be committed and will try not to take constant holiday breaks from the forum as this leaves MPs and party supporters unsure about who the Speaker is and where to submit their legislation and such like too.
In terms of improvements, I would see to install a chatbox within our forum with the assistance of the TSR Admins to create more of a lively feel about the house with scheduled meetings, summits and general chatter able to take place 24/7. I would also make sure that we get new members into the forum with a political interest by advertising and contacting TSR members actively taking part in other discussion forums to see if they'd like to join the MHoC. I will seek to establish further links with the MUN, holding summits on foreign matters and continuing the successful state visits from MUN reps. I will also seek to change parts of the Constitution by putting a committee together to get their ideas and let them write new bits of the Constitution with my involvement.
In terms of doing things differently, I think I'd keep most of the things the same eg. the HoC Update PMs being in the evening, the same system of tackling the administration side of the role. I think I'd maybe intervene in discussions more than you did Nick and would intervene sooner when situations on topic threads are getting out of hand.
Members should vote Rory instead of the other members because I can be politically neutral, will make sure things happen, will take a serious stance on serious matters and will do the opposite (taking a funny, humour like stance of things which are meant to be funny) and will dedicate myself to the life and future of the Model HoC by continuing to develop the forum and make sure things run smoothly to ensure success.
See my reply to Jarred.
On point 1, I think I am relatively new, but I learn things quickly. I'm surprised how soon I've settled into life here in the House and I think debating has always been a struggle for me, but if I took up the Speaker role, I would have to remain neutral which is where I'd much rather prefer to be at.
I think it will! You can police this post and then make a judgement for yourself!
(I love Miranda by the way!)
I'll get back to you on that one...
See reply to Jarred (who made the exact same point as you!)
If I'm not that busy and at home for the day, probably about 2 - 3 hours in total on and off throughout the day.
If I'm studying, I'll log on in the evening for about an hour - an hour and a half. I'll dedicate more of my time to the forum if I'm elected Speaker to make sure everything is running smoothly.
No - I will stick the constitution and will make the relevant changes with a Committee if I deem changes need to be made once I'm elected.
For first part, see my reply to Nick.
Second part, I think my speaker style would be pretty similar, I would say enough to justify arguments, I wouldn't ramble. I will continue to use good grammar, spelling and punctuation to make things an 'easy read'.
I will attempt to police discussions that are getting out of hand and will make sure everyone in the House feels included and is respected for who they are. Discrimination is an absolute no no.
Do I get your vote?