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HM Opposition

Postby dls » Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:05 pm

There is a real possibility that after the next election, with a full on Labour self immolation, that the second party in power will be the SNP. It might be difficult not to have them as HM Opposition.

This may be at a point where a) they cannot vote on full English matters, and b) they want to leave the UK to (re-)join the EU.

What sort of circumstances might apply to deny them (if it must be denied) the status of her mmajesty's opposition?
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Re: HM Opposition

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:17 pm

The Leader of the Opposition is defined by the Ministerial and other Salaries Act 1975:

(1)In this Act “Leader of the Opposition” means, in relation to either House of Parliament, that Member of that House who is for the time being the Leader in that House of the party in opposition to Her Majesty’s Government having the greatest numerical strength in the House of Commons; and “Chief Opposition Whip” means, in relation to either House of Parliament, the person for the time being nominated as such by the Leader of the Opposition in that House; and “Assistant Opposition Whip”, in relation to the House of Commons, means a person for the time being nominated as such, and to be paid as such, by the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons.

(2)If any doubt arises as to which is or was at any material time the party in opposition to Her Majesty’s Government having the greatest numerical strength in the House of Commons, or as to who is or was at any material time the leader in that House of such a party, the question shall be decided for the purposes of this Act by the Speaker of the House of Commons, and his decision, certified in writing under his hand, shall be final and conclusive.
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Re: HM Opposition

Postby dls » Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:06 pm

Thank you. Knowledgeable as always.

The political fall out may still be spectacular.
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