Clause 11

Part of Budget Responsibility and National Audit Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee am 1:45 pm ar 3 Mawrth 2011.

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Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Shadow Minister (Treasury) 1:45, 3 Mawrth 2011

I have always been sceptical of term limits, perhaps because I began a particular career choice early on in my working life. When people suggested that Members of Parliament should be appointed only for two terms, or that Prime Ministers should serve for a fixed term, I always thought that that would fetter the choice of the public if there were a really good candidate. In many American presidential elections, potential presidents have been unable to be appointed, even though they were popular. Is the Minister certain that term limits, as a principle, are a good thing?