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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198275770.003.0005

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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