Honourable Member: An Inside Look at the House of Commons - Richard NeedhamPatrick Stephens, 1983, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper and more lightly so onto the margins of the panels. Price Clipped. Pages lightly age-tanned.
From the cover: “Richard Needham, twice elected MP for Chippenham (now called North Wiltshire), has now produced that rarest of commodities, a book which not only gives a thorough guide to the workings of Parliament but does so in a style which is informative, humorous and entertaining. With the aid of his characters Pringle and Daphne Dempster, a couple of young hopefuls aspiring to success in the political arena, he explores the life and work of an MP. How does he get selected by a Party? How does he fight an election? The anecdotes about canvassing during election time are mainly taken from actual incidents and provide hilarious reading.
Having obtained his seat in the House of Commons, Pringle is faced with the problem of becoming familiar with one of the world’s most complex organisations. The reader is introduced to such formidable characters as the Chief Whip, the Speaker of the House, Black Rod, the Serjeant at Arms and many others. Their duties and functions are explained in a way which will give the reader an entirely new appreciation of Parliamentary life.
As well as activities inside the House, we see Pringle and Daphne in their constituency and enjoy their attempts to woo the voters. We learn how MPs spend their leisure hours and how they have to cultivate outside interests against the fateful day when they are rejected by an ungrateful electorate. Finally, there is the prospect of promotion. Will Pringle finally be summoned by the PM and become a Right Honourable Member?
Nobody with the least interest in politics could hope for a better or more instructive inside view of one of our greatest institutions.”