EDM | Tribalism In The House Of Commons

Posted on: 6th July 2010

Andrew George MP has signed EDM number 1792 in 2010-11, proposed by John Pugh on 11/05/2011.

The motion reads,

That this House notes that the success of any non-Government or Opposition amendment to proposed legislation, if pressed to a vote, is regarded as a likely occasion for lamentation, gnashing of teeth and media glee, and that this applies even if the amendment is constructive and consistent with the aims of the legislation; and further notes that this attitude contrasts with the excellent initiatives on backbench business, makes scrutiny a more futile process, leads not to the sovereignty of parliament but the sovereignty of the Queen’s ministers, and accentuates the pointless tribalism that sadly still characterises a parliament without a majority party.

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