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Hello! :wavey:

We’re the House of Commons Digital Outreach Team (DOT) and we look after this Official House of Commons TSR account and the House of Commons social media accounts. You might have seen us post about debates we think you might be interested or ask for your views on select committee inquiries but now we’re here to answer your questions.

What’s an Order Paper? Why do MPs not use each other’s names? Where do they disappear off to when they go to vote? And what on earth is the mace used for?!

Ask us anything you’ve always wanted to know about the work, history and membership of the House of Commons and together with our colleagues in the House of Commons Enquiry Service, we’ll be here between 10am and 4pm on Thursday 26 April to answer as many as possible. No question is too small or too big (but we might need a couple of days to go and research the tougher ones!).

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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The Conservative election campaign of 2017 outlined a commitment to improving the lives of Ordinary Working Families. To what extent has government policy reflected this commitment?
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What's the most bizarre tradition (or anything in general) you've seen working in the house of commons?
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Why is filibustering still a thing?
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(Original post by Official House of Commons)
Hello! :wavey:

We’re the House of Commons Digital Outreach Team (DOT) and we look after this Official House of Commons TSR account and the House of Commons social media accounts. You might have seen us post about debates we think you might be interested or ask for your views on select committee inquiries but now we’re here to answer your questions.

What’s an Order Paper? Why do MPs not use each other’s names? Where do they disappear off to when they go to vote? And what on earth is the mace used for?!

Ask us anything you’ve always wanted to know about the work, history and membership of the House of Commons and together with our colleagues in the House of Commons Enquiry Service, we’ll be here between 10am and 4pm on Thursday 26 April to answer as many as possible. No question is too small or too big (but we might need a couple of days to go and research the tougher ones!).

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Is it true that studying PPE at Oxford automatically makes you an MP and probably a cabinet member?
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I used to work as a researcher for one of the Select Committees in the House of Commons in a different life. How would you say the role and presence of Select Committees has changed in the last decade?
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Gosh - there was me thinking the Digital Outreach Team might have something to do with pushing the agenda of a digital world. I was going to ask why it is that fewer students are studying computing at GCSE compared with 5 years ago but I guess you are just a marketing department that answers knowledge based questions about Parliament.
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How can I turn my parent's house into its own constituency? I live in a house where everybody (eligible) voted for me to be the MP of this house-constituency but I haven't got recognition, this is undemocratic! I was the only candidate that signed up to be an MP so I was UNOPPOSED, nobody else signed up and I voted for myself therefore I got the highest vote but my Politics teacher goes "noooo Sufi, that's not how it works."

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Come on man, even my pet cat Abdullah, voted for me.

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Haha posting on TSR they’re going to be half engaged/roasted in political debate and half memed to death. It’s going to be amazing
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Why are MP’s allowed to get away with behaving extremely immature in ‘debate’ like a bunch of schoolchildren? It wouldn’t be allowed anywhere elsewhere in debate, or life for that matter, so why are some of the leading decision makers of the country- supposed experts in debate (it is their job after all) allowed to do it? If I was speaker I would put that mace to good use...
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Why is filibustering still a thing?
This. That poor, poor, votes at 16 petition debate that got filibustered out. Completely undemocratic.
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For want of a better phrase, how 'in touch' do you think MP's really are with the working/ lower middle class?
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Hello! :wavey:

We’re the House of Commons Digital Outreach Team (DOT) and we look after this Official House of Commons TSR account and the House of Commons social media accounts. You might have seen us post about debates we think you might be interested or ask for your views on select committee inquiries but now we’re here to answer your questions.

What’s an Order Paper? Why do MPs not use each other’s names? Where do they disappear off to when they go to vote? And what on earth is the mace used for?!

Ask us anything you’ve always wanted to know about the work, history and membership of the House of Commons and together with our colleagues in the House of Commons Enquiry Service, we’ll be here between 10am and 4pm on Thursday 26 April to answer as many as possible. No question is too small or too big (but we might need a couple of days to go and research the tougher ones!).

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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How excited were you when The Hon. Jacob Rees Mogg MP used the word 'floccinaucinihilipilification' in the chamber?
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Why do they support British intelligence in sick, arbitrary human rights abuses on their own people, all while criminals and terrorists get pathetic, soft treatment in this country?
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How do you come to work for an MP in the Commons? Is it a fairly regular process or is it more about work in your political party and contacts?
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Can you tell me why taxpayer money has been wasted on your salary?
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What occurs, on your end, during 'purdah'?
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(Original post by Official House of Commons)
Hello! :wavey:

We’re the House of Commons Digital Outreach Team (DOT) and we look after this Official House of Commons TSR account and the House of Commons social media accounts. You might have seen us post about debates we think you might be interested or ask for your views on select committee inquiries but now we’re here to answer your questions.

What’s an Order Paper? Why do MPs not use each other’s names? Where do they disappear off to when they go to vote? And what on earth is the mace used for?!

Ask us anything you’ve always wanted to know about the work, history and membership of the House of Commons and together with our colleagues in the House of Commons Enquiry Service, we’ll be here between 10am and 4pm on Thursday 26 April to answer as many as possible. No question is too small or too big (but we might need a couple of days to go and research the tougher ones!).

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Do you offer work experience for A level students etc.? I would love to do that, I'm doing politics A level, and very interested in politics!
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How difficult do you find it to remain politically neutral in your marketing?

What is the funniest part of your job?
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Do you offer work experience for A level students etc.? I would love to do that, I'm doing politics A level, and very interested in politics!
If they don't, you could always e-mail your MP asking for some work experience at their Westminister office.
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