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Election dysfunction


In his column Antony Oliver expresses worry over the few civil engineers on the list of MPs compared, for example, with the number of lawyers, teachers and journalists (NCE 7 April).

As I understand the article, the reason why more civil engineers should stand as prospective MPs is that, if such people are elected, the ICE will have representation close to where decisions are taken on matters to which ICE members can make a valuable professional contribution.

But I thought that the function of MPs was to represent those who elect them, not to exercise influence on behalf of pressure groups or the professional bodies of which they happen also to be members. I mean, whoever heard of an MP who was also a lawyer thinking he wielded any influence with government on behalf of the Law Society- The idea is surely preposterous.

Harvey Moores, 11 Dunstan Glade, St John's Road, Orpington, Kent, BR5 1HU

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