Nick Clegg to get his own Deputy Prime Minister’s Question Time

The Times reports that Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is to get his own Question Time:

The event, which has the broad agreement of the Speaker but is yet to be signed off by the new government, is likely to take place on Thursdays and be “bolted on” to Business Questions, where the agenda for the Commons is outlined. This will be seen as a sop to the Lib Dems who now sit on the government benches and lose the rights of opposition parties to cross-question the Prime Minister.

Deputy Prime Minister’s Questions will take place once a month rather than weekly, with the first one scheduled for Tuesday June 22nd.

It’s not yet clear who will face Nick across the dispatch box as the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Harriet Harman, is also its current acting leader. Rosie Winterton and Jack Straw are two names already suggested.

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3 Comments

  • Rosie Winterton? LOL! Oh, please yes.

  • Walter West 25th May '10 - 9:41pm

    That seems a perfectly sensible development.

  • Confused???

    “This will be seen as a sop to the Lib Dems who now sit on the government benches and lose the rights of opposition parties to cross-question the Prime Minister.”

    Why do they lose that right? I wasn’t aware that there was some rule that prevented MPs from the same party (or coalition) as the Government asking the PM questions. If there is a D/PM questions, what difference will be made?

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