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Is there any reason be it written or traditional that would permit Mr Blackford to stand across the line or is it simply permitted because nobody objects? There is a rule is that members cannot speak from the Aisle, which is delimited by the two red lines, and so presumably it's allowed simply because nobody is objecting. However, Blackford's intent here is ...


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Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) is in theory no different from the usual departmental ministers' questions, with the key difference being that instead of the questions being known ahead of time, a "loophole" is used to allow Members of Parliament (MPs) to ask unscreened questions. You may have noticed that at the beginning of the PMQs an MP will stand up ...


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As he is not carrying a sword it is less of a concern I suppose: "Traditions in the Chamber: MPs are not allowed to speak in the space between two red lines running along the length of the Chamber. It has been claimed these lines are traditionally two swords’ lengths apart to prevent MPs duelling although there is no evidence to support this." (...


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The only occasion I'm aware of where a US presidential candidate unilaterally refused a debate, resulting in it taking place without them was in 1980 when President Carter refused to join the initial three-way debate which included independent candidate John B. Anderson, as well as his Republican opponent, Ronald Reagan. According to Anderson, he "...


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Wikipedia's page on Prime Minister's Question Time states that: Since 1992, a convention has been in place that if either one of the Prime Minister or Leader of the Opposition is absent, the other doesn't attend either, and thus both are stood in for. Before 1992 the deputies would often question the Prime Minister or the Leader of the Opposition question ...


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You are correct that the U.S. Constitution doesn't demand these debates. Thus, U.S. presidential debates are usually held by third parties. For instance, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) usually organizes presidential debates. These third parties dictate the rules of these debates and usually invite the candidates to attend. To attend a debate, ...


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The deputising convention was broken again in September 2020, when Sir Keir was unable to attend PMQs due to a member of his household exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Angela Rayner, Labour's deputy leader stood in for him at the session, facing Boris Johnson at the despatch box in another breach of this convention. As reported by The National: It is ...


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France 2002 In France Presidential election in 2002, right-extremist Front National's Jean-Marie Le Pen shockingly qualified for the second round against incumbent right-wing RPR's Jacques Chirac. Jacques Chirac then refused to participate in the traditionnal debate between the two finalists, that was due to happen five days before the final vote. Chirac ...


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I think your question needs a bit more specification, because you have not written from whose point of view might it be a problem. I am just viewing your elections as a foreigner, but here my my views. For the current president Iohannis it is very much the strategy not to have a direct debate. This is because he is leading the polls significantly, and going ...


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There are three things that Johnson could have been referring to when he alluded to Bercow "stretching time". Firstly, and most likely, he was referring to Bercow's opposition to Johnson's attempt to suspend parliament, which went on to be challenged in the Supreme Court and be declared unlawful. Before beginning the proceedings to suspend ...


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