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steve2470 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 02:40 PM
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Question about "prime minister's questions"
Hello all, and thanks for tolerating a question from an Anglophile :)

During Prime Minister's Questions, why do some of the MP's keep standing up and sitting down ? Is it a show of respect for the Prime Minister and Labor Party head ?

FWIW, I think we in the USA need a version of PMQ in our Congress. I love watching PMQ on Cspan.
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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 02:46 PM
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1. From Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_Ministers_Questions

Backbench MPs wishing to ask a question must enter their names on the Order Paper. The names of entrants are then shuffled in a ballot to produce a random order in which they will be called by the Speaker of the House of Commons. The Speaker will then call on MPs to put their questions, usually in an alternating fashion: one MP from the government benches is followed by one from the opposition benches. MPs who are not selected may be chosen to ask a supplementary question if they "catch the eye" of the Speaker, which is done by standing and sitting immediately before the Prime Minister gives an answer. The Leader of the Opposition is traditionally the first MP from the opposition benches to be called after the first question (whether it comes from the government or opposition benches), and the leader of the next largest opposition party is the next MP to be called from the opposition benches.
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steve2470 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 02:54 PM
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2. ah ok thank you for that ! nt
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