Figures from the House of Commons Library have revealed that the book ‘How Parliament Works’ was taken out of the aforementioned library every single week. The book loan was issued 45 times between April 2015 and March 2016, and 30 times between April 2016 and September 2016 – equivalent to a loan every week.
Wes Streeting, Labour MP for Ilford North said he purchased a copy after seeing a fellow MP with one:
“I instantly convinced myself I needed it. It’s been a good crutch ever since.
“What I’ve learned in the past year and a half is that there is no substitute for ‘learning by doing’.
“I’ve led adjournment debates, done a ten minute rule bill, tabled amendments to the Finance Bill and Higher Education Bill, been on four Bill Committees, spoken and tabled questions regularly and got stuck into the Treasury Committee…
“Talking to long-serving parliamentarians it’s clear that you can always learn something new about Parliament, even after decades of service, you just need to get stuck in and never forget why you were sent there in the first place.”
House of Commons Librarian Penny Young said,
“It’s a tribute to the clarity and comprehensiveness of the book – co-authored by a former Clerk of the House – that it is borrowed so regularly by new MPs as they get to grips with their new job.”