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party discipline, powers of the MPs versus the Cabinet

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University of Toronto Mississauga
Political Science
Graham White

Power relations in parliament The basic structure of parliament, the issue of representation and concluded that its ok that most members of parliament that they are middle class, age and white men the representatives we elect have the power- but what does than mean to the relation of the power of the prime minister and cabinet Constitution Cabinet soloidarity once cabinet has made a decision, then all ministers have to support that decision o If they disagree, they have to resign as a minister Notion of party discipline o Once political party in parliament has reached a decision on what it stands on an issue or bill, then the mps are to support and vote for that its not constitutional princible its political o If it is really serious they could kicked out of the party The party is collective you think of the parties and the cabinet It is an adversarial place the arrance ment of the house of commons is significant because you know who youre friends are and the enemy is that is on the other side of the aisle Most British style parliaments are in semicircles, the seats are arranged by alphabetical or by constituencies The way enhances the adversarial nature of the place, a vote is either agree or disagree Her majestys loyal opposition largest opposition in h of commons it is their job to criticize the government and come up with alternative, its about conflict. The cabinet and the prime minister that has the power. o The cabinet has more resources than the other mps Staff mps will have 3 or 5 members of staff that assist them, while the cabinet ministers who are in charge of government departments,
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