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LONDON – The excitement was unmistakable on Monday as new members of the British Parliament came to the Palace of Westminster for the first day of their new lives, driven mostly by Boris Johnson's conservative party landslide victory.

"Not yet sunk," wrote Jonathan Gullis, the new conservative legislator for Stoke-on-Trent North, Kidsgrove, and Talke on Twitter, "having been chosen so modestly. “

The next stop for the novice of conservative legislation was a welcome meeting on Monday evening with Mr. Johnson, who was expected to flatter them but also instructing them to increase public confidence in what he calls people's government to repay. "

Veteran advice was scarce: enjoy the euphoria of the moment because it will not last.

The House of Commons has been at the center of the political crisis in Britain recently Years when the government struggled to get its Brexit plan through parliament without a majority.

Every vote counted and every legislator counted, but with Mr. Johnson's vast new majority, things have changed fundamentally. Gone are the days when Parliament's niche television broadcaster attracted more than a million viewers to the drama of razor-sharp Brexit votes.

New lawmakers are likely to be either part of a powerless opposition or lobbied for themselves A government with so many bodies that the individual does not matter.

“Getting a seat for the first time is one of the biggest moments in life. For most people, it's the end of a long-held ambition. ”Said Tim Yeo, a former conservative legislator who came to parliament in 1983 after Margaret Thatcher had won just as big. But if you're part of a very large new recording, you can expect a "rude shock," he said.

"You arrive in Westminster and you are the new boy or girl in what turns out to be a bigger school than you thought," he said. "You suddenly realize that you are an extremely insignificant person."

Undoubtedly, the infusion of new blood will change the complexion and the feeling of the parliament. For example, Dehenna Davison, Bishop Auckland's new conservative legislature, worked in restaurants, a betting shop, and a casino, and lost a retail job when her employer left the business.

Significantly the legislature of the conservative party Many, like Ms. Davison, from the north and the center of the country now belong to the so-called “red wall” of former Labor Party seats, which fell to the Tories.

Together, their presence could balance the geographic balance of the party's political outlook from the south and rural areas – the so-called "floodplains".

The problem is that they make very little of themselves.

With a large majority behind him, Mr. Johnson can more or less get through any legislation he wants, as Ms. Thatcher did in the 1980s and Tony Blair after 1997 for Labor.

This is not a side effect. The whole of Parliament, but it changes the role of the legislator for people who fundamentally question the law and who try to influence government policy by being heard behind the scenes. Selected committees that collect evidence and report on policy areas can be very influential.

"It is extremely unlikely that the government will now lose votes in the House of Commons," wrote Catherine Haddon, a senior fellow of the Institute for Government, a research organization, on a blog.

“But MPs can still put pressure on the government in a number of ways: plenary statements, departmental issues, urgent issues and urgency debates, prime ministerial issues and select committee hearings, background discussions, and opposition-led debates. "She wrote.

Parliament may occasionally be able to embarrass Mr. Johnson but not thwart him. It will make little sense for conservative legislators to be annoying or independent, as this would destroy all opportunities for advancement. If they rebelled against Mr. Johnson, they would be released from their whips into the dark and they would lose their voice anyway.

Legislators of the opposition Labor and Liberal Democrats are facing a long struggle to revive the fate of their parties before the next general election. The energy for them is at least years away.

And the new legislators of the independent Scottish National Party come with the intention of ending their work by helping Scotland separate from the United Kingdom.

Mr. Yeo predicted that new conservative lawmakers would fight for attention against some very ambitious colleagues who were eager to get to the first tier of promoters.

anonymity in parliament.

"When you come to Westminster, you're back in the jungle," he recalled, "and few people are more carnivorous than new MPs."


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