A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

A return to discipline

Hopefully the experienced and popular in the Commons Geoff Hoon/Nick Brown combo running the whips' office means an end to the era of mass backbench rebellions and a return to PLP collective responsibility. My hunch is they will combine an ability to consult and report back to Gordon on the PLP's concerns, so that they are addressed before they come to a head, and the ability to take short, sharp disciplinary action if MPs don't accept their side of the deal, which is to vote with their own Party.


Anonymous Andrea said...

Didn't the first mass rebellion happen under Nick Brown as Chief Whip? The single mothers benefits cut one

5:53 pm, June 28, 2007

Anonymous Hovedan said...

Nick Brown was a first class whip - highly popular - hes very well regarded across the PLP. But i guess unless you dont know him, or work with him, you would not know that!

7:03 pm, June 28, 2007

Blogger Chris Paul said...

I can't see anyone here rushing to agree with Luke that Buff Hoon is usefully experienced or popular. He's a laughing stock for his legendary dimness is he not? Hence his name.

11:02 pm, June 28, 2007

Anonymous tim f said...

I have no idea what level of incompetence Hoon will display in the position, but at least as Chief Whip he won't have to do TV interviews.

11:00 am, June 29, 2007


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