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When Jack Straw arrived at Westminster as a new Member of Parliament (MP) he found that the Labour Party Whips had not yet allocated him an office, a desk or a telephone but he was given a key to a locker. He thought that at least he could put his papers in the locker and set off to look for it.

He found there were hundreds and hundreds of lockers all along the corridors but none of them were in any sort of numerical order and it was two weeks before he actually located the locker that his key fitted.

This story illustrates the problem that individual MPs have in trying to establish an identity for themselves in a Parliament dominated by the Executive and the party leadership.

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