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How helpful is your local MP?

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If you have ever had problems convincing your elected representative to help you out, then a new book from a Westminster insider could provide a handy guide to successfully coercing your local MP.

Scott Colvin, who worked at Conservative Central Office and as a researcher for an MP, outlines the basis of his new book, How To Use Politicians To Get What You Want.

And Chris Mullin, former Labour MP for Sutherland South, considers whether it will work.


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