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The Role of the Member of Parliament Since
1868From Gentlemen to Players$
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Michael Rush

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198275770

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198275770.001.0001

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The Professionalization of the Member of Parliament

The Professionalization of the Member of Parliament

(p.109) 5 The Professionalization of the Member of Parliament
The Role of the Member of Parliament Since 1868

Michael Rush

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the professionalization of the MP. This refers to the development of the full-time Member in both attitude and practice, the provision of a level of salary sufficient to sustain such a Member financially, accompanied by appropriate resources to support the performance of parliamentary duties, and, finally, the development of career patterns which reflect these developments. MPs now fulfil their roles in a manner akin to that of many other occupations: being a Member of Parliament is their only or overwhelmingly principal occupation and in terms of salary they are treated as full-time; in the provision of services and facilities they are treated as professionals.

Keywords:   Parliament, parliamentary government, MP, parliamentary duties

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