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Seems the Young Turks are busy!  Louise Bagshawe made her maiden speech to the British Parliament in ealry June, reported by the Evening Telegraph, a newspaper in her district. 

It was a fluff speech begun by honoring her predeccessor:

She said: “I have the honour to follow Phil Hope as MP, and must hope that honorary members opposite will not bear me any particular grudge for depriving their benches of such a kind and pleasant man.

“He was a passionate advocate for Corby.

“During the four years I was the Conservative candidate, Phil and I never exchanged a sharp word; he was always most welcoming to me, and exemplified the idea that in politics, our opponents need not also be our enemies.”

Bagshawe also honored her district:

As is customary, Ms Bagshawe’s first speech went uninterrupted.

She went on: “Never have I come across such pride of place as Corby people have in their town. If I had to sum up Corby in a single word, pride is the one I would use.

“If Corby and East Northants together are a mirror of England, Corby itself boasts a little slice of Scotland.

While Bagshawe mentioned her beau ideal, former PM Margaret Thatcher, she also suggested that the UK have a veteran’s affairs agency similar to the one in the US.  I’m not sure more government programs are desirable unless it can help the vets and save money, too. 

This maiden speech was well-received. 

But, a few days ago, Bagshawe made comments in Parliament not so well received.  She touted her newest novel and that may be a no-no, according to the Daily Mail:

She had begun by talking about a solar cell developed by a company in Japan that could power a car. She said that this would ‘truly change geopolitics, energy security and our planet’.

But then the MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire added: ‘Indeed, Passion, the excellent book that I wrote in 2010 and was nominated as romantic novel of the year – I highly recommend it to the House – was a thriller based around just that theme.

Apparently you cannot tout a product in Parliament!  Bagshawe said it was an attempt to be hunorous.  It is not clear what could happen but I’d bet she’ll be quiet for a while.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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