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MatC
333323.  Fri May 09, 2008 9:15 am Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
Sorry, my bad, it seems to be Lonely Planet England.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7391776.stm

Of course, your question still holds.


Well, they're doubly wrong then, aren't they? England doesn't have a Prime Minister. Is this a British book?

 
MatC
333324.  Fri May 09, 2008 9:16 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Britain has of course had a Canadian Prime Minister though - it was Andrew Bonar Law.

It's entirely allowed - Commonwealth nationals legally resident in the UK are entitled to vote at elections and stand for Parliament.


Interesting, I didn't know that about Bonar Law. I think there have been quite a few foreign MPs, though.

 
suze
333331.  Fri May 09, 2008 9:37 am Reply with quote

Foreign born, certainly.

Not sure there have been a great many who were not British nationals at the point at which they became MPs though. (Bonar Law will have been; Canadian nationality as distinct from British didn't exist until 1947, much as he was definitely a Canadian first and a Scot second.)

Gisela Stuart is undoubtedly German, but she's lived in the UK since 1974 and her ex-husband is British. In any case, EU nationals other than Irish aren't allowed to stand for election to the House of Commons, so she must be a British (or Irish) citizen.

Gerry Adams and the like undoubtedly travel on Irish passports and refuse to hold British ones. But Gerry is a British citizen whether he likes it or not - he was born in the UK.

Bryan Gould is coming to husband's mind. He was a Labour MP who hailed from New Zealand, and as a Kiwi national would certainly have been eligible to stand. On leaving British politics he returned to New Zealand, and it's entirely possible that he is not a British citizen.

 
dr.bob
340923.  Wed May 21, 2008 7:50 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
It's entirely allowed - Commonwealth nationals legally resident in the UK are entitled to vote at elections and stand for Parliament.


suze for PM?

 
suze
341082.  Wed May 21, 2008 10:31 am Reply with quote

At the risk of coming over all samivel, I'll go for a LOL there.

You'd actually not be the first person on these forums to suggest that I stand for Parliament; the other two were named after a sort of bear and a Caribbean island.

It seems improbable, but at a more modest level I don't rule out standing for Medway Council next time around - it's certainly a matter to which I've given some thought. There are a couple of wards where a candidate standing as an Independent Socialist and with the ability to campaign in Polish might actually win ...

 

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