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MP calls for interim speaker

25 June 2009

An interim speaker for the House of Lords is a viable proposition as it would lead to a "focused period of reform", according to a leading MP.

Ann Widdecombe, a veteran of the Conservative Party, has submitted her application for the vacant position as a transitional candidate, saying that she will have a year to restore the reputation of parliament.

Identifying that the present "extraordinary circumstances" make the interim management option a good idea, Ms Widdecombe explained that the upcoming general election in 2010 would renew her focus to turnaround any legislative changes.

Speaking to Sky News, she said: "It's to get in there, to do a job - really do it - then hand over to a fresh parliament - there is an argument for it in these circumstances."

Earlier this month, the Interim Management Association suggested that turnaround directors are often over-qualified for the roles that they are given and offer more than a "safe pair of hands".


Categories: Central Government

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