Questions tagged [member-of-parliament]

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Do Congressional representatives and senators read letters we send them?

I'm American. And I recently wrote my representative and senators to express my opinion about bills on which they might vote soon. I got no response at all from two of these letters, and from the ...
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What are the consequences of "losing the whip"? [duplicate]

A (UK) Conservative MP has recently "lost the whip", i.e. he has been suspended from the parliamentary Conservative Party. What practical consequences does this have for the MP in question? ...
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What does "Boris Johnson has a hundred and sixty MPs on his payroll anyway who were going to vote for him because they're within the government" mean?

Moments after the vote of confidence on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson results were announced live on CNN, MP David Lammy (Labor) listed results of previous (recent) votes of confidence saying ...
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Are there restrictions in the UK against calling politicians liars?

In the comedic New York Times video Jonathan Pie: 'Boris Johnson Is a Liar' | NYT Opinion at about 00:45 the character (speaking to a fictional New York Times interviewer) says: Actually I can't say ...
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What is the fastest that an MP has broken a three-line whip?

Traditionally, newly elected MPs are considered less likely to rebel against their party whip; something that Ros Taylor from LSE describes as a combination of the 'coattails effect', inexperience, ...
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Did MPs have to win a by-election before 1926 in order to join the government?

A commentary in The Telegraph claimed that before 1926, MPs had to win a by-election to join the government. This got me rather perplexed. Mr Johnson has sensibly stopped short of joining Labour in ...
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Is a member of the Loyal opposition a Minister of the Crown?

Does the term 'Minister of the Crown' apply to ministers of the loyal opposition as well as those who are members of Her Majesty's Government?
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Is it legal to talk about former Chief Justice of India (CJI) in the Parliament of India?

On 8 February 2021, Mahua Moitra said the following in her speech in Lok Sabha during the discussion on motion of thanks on the President's address: The sacred cow that was the judiciary is no longer ...
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What powers do British constituency presiding officers have during elections?

I've been following a lot over the past several months, how US elections are conducted and the steps that are taken between an election and a new President being sworn in. Particularly, how the states ...
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What is the ethnic composition of the two houses of the Dutch parliament?

The Dutch Parliament has two houses, the "first" (higher) and "second" (lower). How many of the members of each house are ethnically Dutch (for whatever reasonable definition of ...
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How much interaction does a Prime Minister have with their constituency?

In the UK, a Prime Minister must be both the leader of their party and a Member of Parliament, at least generally speaking (this rule has never been broken to any notable degree). So, I would naively ...
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Do MPs participating in the House of Commons virtually benefit from Parliamentary Privilege?

Parliamentary privilege refers to the lack of restrictions on what MPs and Lords can say in their respective Houses in Parliament; it grants them immunity from prosecution relating to statements made ...
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Why does the number of votes not correspond to the number of elected MPs?

I understand the first past the post system in that the candidate with the most votes in a constituency is elected as the MP for their particular party, but what I don't understand why the SNP can get ...
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Are letters from MPs to other MPs on the internet?

I read a letter from the Prime Minister to another MP on some website, and I want to read the MPs letter in response (if there was one). Is there a database of letters that MPs send to each other? I'm ...
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Can an MP be impeached?

Inspired by the current impeachment process in the US - and recognising that the Prime Minister is just an MP who has shown that they can command the confidence of the House of Commons - is there any ...
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What are the limits of parliamentary privilege?

From what I understand, parliamentary privilege affords MPs and Lords freedom of speech without fear of prosecution within their respective Houses of Parliament. I’ve only seen it come up into ...
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Canadian election: role of party leader when not chosen in electoral district

In Canadian elections every member of parliament (house of commons) is chosen in the electoral district in which he runs. Most of them are affiliated with one of the federal parties (some run ...
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Could another member of UK Parliament request an extension or even negotiate Brexit? [duplicate]

Apparently John Bercow (House of Commons speaker) has been directly talking with David Sassoli of the EU Parliament John Bercow has sparked outrage after it has emerged the meddling Speaker of the ...
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Minimum number of MPs

In recent years there has been a period of recess in the UK parliament to allow for party conferences. This year however parliament was prorogued and while this action was ultimately overturned it did ...
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Why are UK MPs allowed to abstain (but it counts as a no)?

When reading the results of the recent call for a general election the numbers were 298 for, 56 against. The motion failed to pass due to not reaching the 2/3 majority. It took a little digging to ...
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What are the differences between independent and party-affiliated MPs and candidates?

What rights/privileges, duties and handicaps do UK MPs and parliamentary election candidates who are affiliated with parties (Conservative, Labour, Liberal-Democrat etc.) have, which independent MPs ...
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What does the Conservative Party expelling an MP mean?

According to the BBC news (in Brexit: PM in new battle after Commons vote defeat published 30 minutes ago) the Conservative Party “expelled” 21 MPs for voting against instruction: Meanwhile, No 10'...
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How might the United Kingdom become a republic?

If prospective United Kingdom MPs must swear allegiance to the monarch, and if MPs are needed to change laws, how might the UK become a republic, assuming sufficient public support?
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Have any MPs ever voted against their own government in a no confidence vote?

After Theresa May's defeat on her Brexit deal, Labour tabled a motion of no confidence. The government could have lost the vote if either DUP MPs and/or ERG/Brexiteers (these being from the ...
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Do any MPs have maths degrees?

I have looked online but I can't find the answer to this question. Did any MPs (elected representatives in the UK Parliament, stands for Members of Parliament) from the election term just finished (...
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