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megimoo
05-23-2009, 04:57 PM
325 MPs to be swept away at next election

AT least half of the House of Commons’ 646 MPs will be swept away at the general election, as voters take revenge on the political classes for the expenses scandal.

The departure of 325 members of parliament as a result of forced resignations, retirement and defeat at the polls would represent the biggest clear-out of parliament since 1945.

As many as 30 will be forced to resign directly because of the expenses scandal, while whips expect more than 200 to quit because they are unable to cope with continued public anger. Up to 90 MPs will be voted out in the election.

Research conducted by The Sunday Times and Professor Colin Rallings, director of the elections centre at Plymouth University, suggests that about 170 Labour MPs will not defend their seats while 55 Conservatives are also expected to retire.

Dozens more MPs from all parties are likely to lose their seats as voters kick out incumbents, accused of profiting from their allowances.

Rallings said: “If, as the current polls suggest, the Conservatives were to win the general election with an overall majority of 80 seats, it is likely that fully half of MPs in the new House of Commons will be new, a product both of incumbents being defeated and MPs retiring. It would be without parallel since 1945.”

The disclosure comes as Gordon Brown, desperate to retake the political initiative, examines radical constitutional reforms including the introduction of four-year, fixed-term parliaments.

Supporters of the plan say that removing the power of a future prime minister to determine the date of the general election would create a fairer system. However, it would tie the hands of the Conservatives, should they win the election.



http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6350604.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=797084

NJCardFan
05-23-2009, 05:38 PM
Never happen. People here are sheep.

megimoo
05-23-2009, 05:44 PM
Never happen. People here are sheep.All it takes is a small spark !

AHeneen
05-23-2009, 08:53 PM
If you haven't heard of him already, you MUST check out Daniel Hannan's various YouTube videos! He's one of the UK's representatives in the EU parliament and became an overnight star for his beautifully-worded denouncement of Gordon Brown:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94lW6Y4tBXs

He's far more articulate than Obama—giving witty, vocabulary-laden speeches without all the "uh"s—and when on shows with Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck sounds more knowldgable than 99% of most Americans with regards to our Founding Fathers and the way our gov't is set up. Check out all his videos on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/DanHannanMEP

We can only hope he is the UK's next Prime Minister! And that some of those principles rub off on us.

megimoo
05-23-2009, 08:58 PM
If you haven't heard of him already, you MUST check out Daniel Hannan's various YouTube videos! He's one of the UK's representatives in the EU parliament and became an overnight star for his beautifully-worded denouncement of Gordon Brown:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94lW6Y4tBXs

He's far more articulate than Obama—giving witty, vocabulary-laden speeches without all the "uh"s—and when on shows with Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck sounds more knowldgable than 99% of most Americans with regards to our Founding Fathers and the way our gov't is set up. Check out all his videos on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/DanHannanMEP

We can only hope he is the UK's next Prime Minister! And that some of those principles rub off on us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1bT0RftMM8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Pa30Sp_sw&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdV1nK8oVkU&feature=related

The last days of democracy?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceejnrM858k&feature=related
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