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Backbench worries over their committee

Backbench worries over their committee

by Amber Elliott / 08 Mar 2012 15:55

Paul Waugh has the story that there is "trouble afoot" for the backbench business committee.

But it may not be as bad as some MPs fear.

PoliticsHome says: "The government motion seeks to amend Standing Orders so that more MPs can be put on the committee. Critics fear that this is a way for the executive to pack the body with government stooges and whips' choices."

However, chair of

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Christmas cheer at Deputy Prime Minister's Questions

Christmas cheer at Deputy Prime Minister's Questions

20 Dec 2011 12:54

Nick Clegg looking sad fans will be disappointed. The deputy prime minister seemed to be positively enjoying himself during questions today.  

A day after Clegg announced in his Demos speech that he was ready to “rock the boat” on the House of Lords, several members wanted to hear more about his plans for the other place.  Since the attempt to bring in AV failed, this has been Clegg’s big project

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Parliament Week and contributing to democracy

Parliament Week and contributing to democracy

by Natascha Engel / 31 Oct 2011 16:41

To mark the beginning of Parliament Week, Natascha Engel MP, Member of Parliament for North East Derbyshire, and Chair of the Backbench Business Committee, writes her story of democracy.

I was born and raised, until I was ten, in Cold War Germany. The country was divided, and occupied West Berlin, where I lived, was surrounded by a wall. The Wall.

We knew how lucky we were to grow up in the

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