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Parliamentary new boys and girls: What MPs wrote in their diaries after joining the Commons

"It is quite difficult to describe how miserable I feel"

By Ian Irvine   July 2017

Thelma Cazalet-Keir was the first female MP to marry in the Commons chapel crypt. Photo: AP/Rex/Shutterstock

Thelma Cazalet-Keir (Conservative, Islington East, elected in the Tory landslide of 1931, aged 32):

“On the opening day, it is essential to arrive almost at the crack of dawn to put a card inscribed ‘Prayers’ on a seat—any seat you like, except of course the government and opposition front benches. There is only room for about 400 out of the 615 MPs in the Chamber itself, so unless you reserve a seat…

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