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Keef has political fatigue
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:29
1. What was the first referendum to be held in the United Kingdom? 1975 EC MEMBERSHIP.

2. When was the last time that we had a Cabinet minister who was neither an MP nor a Lord? IAN LIVINGSTON?

3. Which party, with 3 MPs, attempted to claim the entire opposition benches as the official opposition during the World War II coalition? DUNNO. LIBERALS?

4. Who was the last serious candidate for Prime Minister who:
(1) sat in the Lords, EDEN
(2) came from a different part of the Empire, and IDS
(3) spoke English as a second language? PRESCOTT

5. How many hereditary peers have sat in the House of Lords as members of the Communist Party? 7

6. Who said the following:
(1) "when the ancestors of the right honourable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon" CHURCHILL
(2) "So far as I am concerned [the Conservatives] are lower than vermin" LAZ
(3) "It is not surprising that I, as Leader of the Conservative Party, should wish to give my wholehearted support to this campaign [to keep Britain in the EEC], for the Conservative Party has been pursuing the European vision almost as long as we have existed as a Party." CAMERON
(4) "I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. ... I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes."BALDWIN

7. Who was the last MP to defect from the Labour Party to the Conservatives? CHURCHILL

8. Which party won an unbroken string of 12 general elections (with the help of fraudulent electoral boundaries)? WHIGS

9. Who was the last person:
(1) to be impeached by the UK Parliament? DUNNO
(2) to be subjected to attempted impeachment proceedings? DUNNO

10. Who was the first openly LGBT MP? (Half marks for guessing the decade) CHRIS SMITH?
ReggiePerrin is voting Lib Dem
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:31
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Heh @ Prescott
Keef has political fatigue
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:33
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I don't think I've done very well tbh.
Clergs (!)
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:34
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re 4(3) is it correct to assume that the serious candidates never actually made it?

otherwise, Lloyd George
Clergs (!)
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:35
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9(2) Tony
ReggiePerrin is voting Lib Dem
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:36
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Clergs, the answers to 4 might include both people who did and did not make it.
Keef has political fatigue
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:41
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Actually, 6(4) could be Balfour now I think about it.
ReggiePerrin is voting Lib Dem
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:56
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COME ON YOU MASSIVE KHUNTS try the first 5 at least.
Clergs (!)
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:58
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it's really hard! you made me feel dumb and now I am cross

I think 10 is Chris Smith tho
BST
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:01
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1. Isn't this Northern Ireland related, a border poll perhaps, in which only the Protestants voted, early 70's maybe, or am I totally offbeam on that Reg?
freek daze
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:02
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Funny that Ian livingston should be mentioned above, while there's a Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks thread elsewhere on the board
3-ducks
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:03
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1. I dunno, 75 I suppose.

2. This is tricky. Doglas Home when he was out of Parliament?

3. Probably the Common Wealth Party

4.
(1) Douglas Home,
(2) Bonar Law, and
(3) Lloyd George, if this is a trick question

5. None

6.
(1) Disraeli
(2) Nye Bevan
(3) The dreaded Heath?
(4) Churchill

7. That's a good one, I think it's Reg Prentice?

8. Whigs

9 & 10. Dunno
ReggiePerrin is voting Lib Dem
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:05
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Laz, let's have your answers old chap.
Coracle Lolling
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:05
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1. 1st referendum was NI

2. Cabinet Minister not a MP nor Lord - Patrick Gordon Walker?

3. Sounds very Sinn Fein, or whatever the Irish Nationalists were then called.

4.1 Lord Cranborne
4.2 Gordon Brown
4.3 Lloyd George

5. Seven?

6.3 Thatcher
6.4 Churchill (let's say him for 6.2 as well as he was a cantankerous git)

7. Did Shaun Woodward cross back? If not Reg Prentice?

8. Whigs

9.1 Palmerston?
9.2

10 1920s

3-ducks
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:06
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Actually, I'm thinking about 4 (1) and it's not Douglas Home, it's probably Rosebery. I think he was the last Lord to be PM.
Wellington
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:07
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is the answer to all of the questions "rain"
Obadiah Hakeswill
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:10
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1) EC membership

2) Mandelson

3) SNP

4)
- Earl Grey
- The Duke of Wellington
- Diane Abbott

5) None
ReggiePerrin is voting Lib Dem
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:35
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ducks, it's not necessarily the last Lords PM, it's the last serious candidate for PM from the Lords. There were actually a couple of them at the time in question.
ReggiePerrin is voting Lib Dem
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:35
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I'm going to leave this up for another hour and then throw in the towel. Coracle is winning so far.
3-ducks
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:39
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Oh I know, is it Lord Ancram?
3-ducks
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:40
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10 is probably Tom Driberg, is it?
ReggiePerrin is voting Lib Dem
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:42
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I don't think Ancram really counts, but I take my hat off to your ingenuity.
ReggiePerrin is voting Lib Dem
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:43
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Driberg is a difficult call, but what I had in mind was someone whose sexuality was publicly known and discussed in the media, not someone like Driberg who just camped it up with his political m7s.
3-ducks
Posted - 20 April 2017 16:09
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Oh I don't know. Matthew Parris then.
ReggiePerrin is voting Lib Dem
Posted - 20 April 2017 16:10
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Is that your final answer?
3-ducks
Posted - 20 April 2017 16:38
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Yeah.
ReggiePerrin is voting Lib Dem
Posted - 20 April 2017 16:38
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Ok, here are the answers. Coracle wins.

1. What was the first referendum to be held in the United Kingdom?
This was a hard one. The right answer was the alcohol prohibition referendums in Scotland in 1920. Half marks for the 1973 Northern Ireland vote.

2. When was the last time that we had a Cabinet minister who was neither an MP nor a Lord?
1965. It was Gordon Walker, who couldn't find a constituency prepared to elect him. Wilson ended up having to sack him.

3. Which party, with 3 MPs, attempted to claim the entire opposition benches as the official opposition during the World War II coalition?
The Independent Labour Party

4. Who was the last serious candidate for Prime Minister who:
(1) sat in the Lords,
Douglas-Home (and Hailsham, who was a candidate at the same time)
(2) came from a different part of the Empire, and
Robert Menzies, the Australian leader who tried to become PM of the whole Empire during WW2
(3) spoke English as a second language?
David Lloyd George, whose mother tongue was Welsh

5. How many hereditary peers have sat in the House of Lords as members of the Communist Party?
One, Lord Milford

6. Who said the following:
(1) "when the ancestors of the right honourable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon"
Disraeli
(2) "So far as I am concerned [the Conservatives] are lower than vermin"
Bevan. Half marks for saying Laz
(3) "It is not surprising that I, as Leader of the Conservative Party, should wish to give my wholehearted support to this campaign [to keep Britain in the EEC], for the Conservative Party has been pursuing the European vision almost as long as we have existed as a Party."
Thatch
(4) "I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. ... I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes."
Churchill

7. Who was the last MP to defect from the Labour Party to the Conservatives?
Reg Prentice, in 1977

8. Which party won an unbroken string of 12 general elections (with the help of fraudulent electoral boundaries)?
The Ulster Unionist Party, in the Parliament of Northern Ireland. The Whigs only managed 11.

9. Who was the last person:
(1) to be impeached by the UK Parliament?
Viscount Melville, in 1806
(2) to be subjected to attempted impeachment proceedings?
Tony B/lair, due to the unfortunate amisunderstandings surrounding Iraq

10. Who was the first openly LGBT MP? (Half marks for guessing the decade)
Maureen Colquhoun, who came out in 1975.
3-ducks
Posted - 20 April 2017 16:43
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Good quiz. A few trick questions there though.
ReggiePerrin is voting Lib Dem
Posted - 20 April 2017 16:45
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I'm a tricky bugger innit.
3-ducks
Posted - 20 April 2017 16:45
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B*gger me, I can't believe I didn't get Lord Milford! I was literally only discussing him (or rather his daughter) this morning.
Coracle Lolling
Posted - 20 April 2017 17:00
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Heh @ holding referendums on alcohol in Scotland.

Good quiz. Where did you get the qs from Reggie and what's the Robert Menzies story?

And my memory is hazy but didn't Palmerston get impeached over doing a Trump?
ReggiePerrin is voting Lib Dem
Posted - 20 April 2017 17:08
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I made them up sun. Menzies felt that Chamberlain wasn't doing well enough and thought that he ought to be given a try. I've just checked Palmerston, and I think he probably qualifies (rather than B/lair) as the last person to be on the receiving end of formal impeachment proceedings.

Oddly enough, the Scots voted in large numbers to continue to be allowed to buy alcohol!
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 April 2017 17:13
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1. What was the first referendum to be held in the United Kingdom?
Known as the "Taylor Referendum" the question put to the nation was "Do I not like Orange?"

Obadiah Hakeswill
Posted - 20 April 2017 17:31
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2 is Mandelson.
ReggiePerrin is voting Lib Dem
Posted - 20 April 2017 17:36
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I'm not going to count Mandelson. I appreciate there was a brief time delay where he had a few days of ministerial office before he entered the Lords, but that's not what the question was getting at.