We asked Ted Rowlands, one of the longest serving MP in the House of Commons, a number of questions concerning his work. The questions were:
Below you can read the answers to the questions.
What gives you the most satisfaction from being an MP?
What is the hardest part of your job?
How do you become an MP?
What issues are you most interested in?
How has British society changed since you became an MP?
HOUSE OF COMMONS
LONDON SW1A 0AA
||Mr Simon Smith, Assistant Director, Teacher Training
The British Council
||48 (22) 6219955
||Ted Rowlands MP
No: of pages including cover
|25 January 1999
Dear Mr Smith
Many thanks for your letter. I attach my replies to your questions:
Representing and being the sole representative of a very remarkable and
historic constituency which helped to give birth to the Labour party’s
parliamentary representation. Being able to connect the needs and wishes
of the constituency to national policies and decisions. I am a passionate
believer in our particular kind of parliamentary representation and system.
There is still nothing quite like the House of Commons.
After more than 30 years in the House, I find separation from my wife during
the week still one of the hardest parts of the job.
There are no such fixed procedures. I was first selected as a 26 year old
by accident! You have to belong to the Labour Party, to have shown commitment
in one way or another, and have a lot of luck: - be in the right
place at the right time!
Mostly those relating to the deprived nature of the community I represent
-benefit, social security, unemployment, local housing and most recently,
the Child Support Agency.
Over 30 years there have been fundamental economic and social changes:
fewer manufacturing jobs, no mining jobs, a generation of households who
have not known regular work - a dramatic change in family life -
many more single parents, and births outside marriage.
Ted Rowlands MP
Ted Rowlands MP and Maria Karasińska-Fendler, Under Secretary
of State at the Committee for Integration with Europe