For Whom The Division Bell Tolled

Michael Portillo explores the history of one of Westminster's most curious institutions, the backbench MP.

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He looks at parliamentary rebellions by MPs who have refused to toe the party line.

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He recalls the good and noble works of backbenchers from the past, now largely forgotten.

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He visits the History of Parliament Trust in an attempt to find out whether backbenchers always been more interested in keeping their job than changing the world.