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    What do the candidates think of the current range of parties, in particular whether they believe it could be beneficial to have more parties in certain areas, presupposing activity, and would they do anything to help new formation via relaxation of the 10 member guidance if they feel activity would not be an immediate issue?

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    Yes, the ten member rule does not make sense, the MHoC needs more distinct parties to keep things competitive, and some parties need a change of leadership to prevent collapse.
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    Would the candidates support the creation of an elected Senate of 14 seats, whereby its members are elected from single-member constituencies using FPTP? This Senate could also act as an amendments committee for the MHoC, where only experienced members (members with x number of posts in the MHoC) can stand in a Senate election, and have the experience to make amendments to bills that have passed in the MHoC. These Senate elections would be mid-term elections, i.e. they are held three months after a general election.
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    (Original post by Unown Uzer)
    Would the candidates support the creation of an elected Senate of 14 seats, whereby its members are elected from single-member constituencies using FPTP? This Senate could also act as an amendments committee for the MHoC, where only experienced members (members with x number of posts in the MHoC) can stand in a Senate election, and have the experience to make amendments to bills that have passed in the MHoC. These Senate elections would be mid-term elections, i.e. they are held three months after a general election.
    If the senators were elected by MP's then yes.
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    (Original post by Unown Uzer)
    Would the candidates support the creation of an elected Senate of 14 seats, whereby its members are elected from single-member constituencies using FPTP? This Senate could also act as an amendments committee for the MHoC, where only experienced members (members with x number of posts in the MHoC) can stand in a Senate election, and have the experience to make amendments to bills that have passed in the MHoC. These Senate elections would be mid-term elections, i.e. they are held three months after a general election.
    I would need convincing because the introduction of a senate would mark the point where the MHoC stops being a MHoC, it would add bureaucracy with the constituency idea, and there are not enough members to keep the senate running.
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    (Original post by adam9317)
    Would people be interested in an MHOC trip to the houses of parliament or something similar come the summer?
    Yes ... this has been discussed many times
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    I argree with what Nigel said
    (Original post by Unown Uzer)
    Would the candidates support the creation of an elected Senate of 14 seats, whereby its members are elected from single-member constituencies using FPTP? This Senate could also act as an amendments committee for the MHoC, where only experienced members (members with x number of posts in the MHoC) can stand in a Senate election, and have the experience to make amendments to bills that have passed in the MHoC. These Senate elections would be mid-term elections, i.e. they are held three months after a general election.
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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    What do the candidates think of the current range of parties, in particular whether they believe it could be beneficial to have more parties in certain areas, presupposing activity, and would they do anything to help new formation via relaxation of the 10 member guidance if they feel activity would not be an immediate issue?

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    I definitely think there is room for more parties; and if there were active support for a party, I would like to see it happen.

    Personally, I would like to set a precedent of a quota of 3 active MHOCers and 2 outsiders, or 1-2 active MHOCers and 4-5 outsiders. Something similar to those independent party groupings that tried to get past in an amendment a while ago, I would support that!
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    (Original post by adam9317)
    I definitely think there is room for more parties; and if there were active support for a party, I would like to see it happen.

    Personally, I would like to set a precedent of a quota of 3 active MHOCers and 2 outsiders, or 1-2 active MHOCers and 4-5 outsiders. Something similar to those independent party groupings that tried to get past in an amendment a while ago, I would support that!
    I think it would be great to have a few smaller parties - but what happens if said parties get more seats than they could possibly fill? It would be rather unfair if a party with 2 active people wins a lot of seats by running on a good manifesto. And when those seats go to by election after like a month they'll likely be hoovered up by Labour and the Conservatives which - despite my bias - seems unfair.

    So mildly in favour of smaller parties. Still against 'independant groupings' though.
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    (Original post by PetrosAC)
    Definitely UKIP

    In all seriousness, I'll be doing what Fez seemingly did in only entering party sub forums when tagged.

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    (Original post by ByronicHero)
    This is a reasonably interesting race. So far, it seems that this will be between three people.

    A question for everyone:

    As part of your powers as Speaker you will have access to every party subforum. Which one will you read through first to see what people have said about you in ostensible privacy? :holmes:

    Be honest.
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    (Original post by Unown Uzer)
    Would the candidates support the creation of an elected Senate of 14 seats, whereby its members are elected from single-member constituencies using FPTP? This Senate could also act as an amendments committee for the MHoC, where only experienced members (members with x number of posts in the MHoC) can stand in a Senate election, and have the experience to make amendments to bills that have passed in the MHoC. These Senate elections would be mid-term elections, i.e. they are held three months after a general election.
    I do like the idea of a senate or HOL, but it simply wouldn't work on TSR.

    I don't feel we have enough active members to partake, and it adds too much bureaucracy, as Nigel mentioned; and it certainly removes an element of the simplicity of the game.

    If it were to happen through an amendment, it would be ideal that senators were elected by MPS, but as I said it is too difficult to incorporate, so I can't see it happen at present!

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    I think it would be great to have a few smaller parties - but what happens if said parties get more seats than they could possibly fill? It would be rather unfair if a party with 2 active people wins a lot of seats by running on a good manifesto. And when those seats go to by election after like a month they'll likely be hoovered up by Labour and the Conservatives which - despite my bias - seems unfair.

    So mildly in favour of smaller parties. Still against 'independant groupings' though.
    It would be great having more small parties, it also adds to the dynamics of the house come election time, rather than your standard 2 party coalitions which everyone predicts, there is more parties in the mix to make it more interesting!

    The issue about parties getting more seats than they could fill has happened in the past. I can think back specifically to UKIP in the summer of 2014 when I was elected leader, at that point or just before, 2 or 3 of the Kippers seats were being covered by Tories or Liberals I believe [Although we quickly got that turned round] it still shows how parties can 'loan' them temporarily if required.

    Just out of curiosity, this was the amendment I was referring to: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4112975
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    It would be great having more small parties, it also adds to the dynamics of the house come election time, rather than your standard 2 party coalitions which everyone predicts, there is more parties in the mix to make it more interesting!

    The issue about parties getting more seats than they could fill has happened in the past. I can think back specifically to UKIP in the summer of 2014 when I was elected leader, at that point or just before, 2 or 3 of the Kippers seats were being covered by Tories or Liberals I believe [Although we quickly got that turned round] it still shows how parties can 'loan' them temporarily if required.

    Just out of curiosity, this was the amendment I was referring to: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4112975
    That could be interesting, though you haven't really replied to what I actually wrote lol - unless you mean we'd just have a lot of seat-loaning, which isn't really appealing to me as a long-term solution.

    Yeah, I know lol
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    (Original post by RayApparently)
    That could be interesting, though you haven't really replied to what I actually wrote lol - unless you mean we'd just have a lot of seat-loaning, which isn't really appealing to me as a long-term solution.

    Yeah, I know lol
    Lets say we set a minimum quota of 5 active members needed for a party; so straight away we have room for 5 MPs. Realistically, I can't see any small 'lesser known' party getting more than that!
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    (Original post by adam9317)
    Lets say we set a minimum quota of 5 active members needed for a party; so straight away we have room for 5 MPs. Realistically, I can't see any small 'lesser known' party getting more than that!
    I'm not convinced you even need that many at first. History suggests that it only takes one truly active member to ensure a party is relevant in the MHoC. This is especially true if you are a few months out from an election - people are far more likely to join something that already exists. History suggests that one truly able & active member is enough to keep a party relevant :dontknow:
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    (Original post by RayApparently)
    I think it would be great to have a few smaller parties - but what happens if said parties get more seats than they could possibly fill? It would be rather unfair if a party with 2 active people wins a lot of seats by running on a good manifesto. And when those seats go to by election after like a month they'll likely be hoovered up by Labour and the Conservatives which - despite my bias - seems unfair.

    So mildly in favour of smaller parties. Still against 'independant groupings' though.
    The left already demonstrate what happens, as you're very well aware.

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    (Original post by cranbrook_aspie)
    My dropped-hint detector is going off.
    I've heard several speaking of such things, the most open of whom is LP

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    (Original post by ByronicHero)
    I'm not convinced you even need that many at first. History suggests that it only takes one truly active member to ensure a party is relevant in the MHoC. This is especially true if you are a few months out from an election - people are far more likely to join something that already exists. History suggests that one truly able & active member is enough to keep a party relevant :dontknow:
    This is very true and I think the Socialists are a very good example of a small party that has a big presence in the House. I think partly the reason why a few members are sceptical about a new party is because the last one to be created, the National Liberals, lasted less than half a year before it was dissolved.
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    (Original post by Quamquam123)
    This is very true and I think the Socialists are a very good example of a small party that has a big presence in the House. I think partly the reason why a few members are sceptical about a new party is because the last one to be created, the National Liberals, lasted less than half a year before it was dissolved.
    To be fair, from what I remember it had nobody with a proven history in the house to take control of it.
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    This is very true and I think the Socialists are a very good example of a small party that has a big presence in the House. I think partly the reason why a few members are sceptical about a new party is because the last one to be created, the National Liberals, lasted less than half a year before it was dissolved.
    Who can vote in the speaker ship contest?
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    (Original post by Quamquam123)
    This is very true and I think the Socialists are a very good example of a small party that has a big presence in the House. I think partly the reason why a few members are sceptical about a new party is because the last one to be created, the National Liberals, lasted less than half a year before it was dissolved.
    The Nat libs were a ukip project to take votes from the liberals, it was never intended to be successful, it was intended as a puppet

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    Who can vote in the speaker ship contest?
    Just MPs

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