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parliamentary private secretary

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Britain) a backbencher in Parliament who assists a minister, esp in liaison with backbenchers. Abbreviation: PPS
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The Parliamentary Private Secretaries will be attached to the National Development Unit of the Ministry of Environment and National Development Unit.
A couple of weeks ago, I complained that the Government had failed to publish an official list of Parliamentary Private Secretaries (PPSs), the MPs who assist ministers in their work.
But these junior figures, called Parliamentary Private Secretaries, are more invisible than ever after Parliament stopped telling the public who they are.
Six other ministers, about six Parliamentary Private Secretaries and a number of whips could also resign if they cannot vote with their conscience - which would be a huge blow to Gordon Brown.
The Hartlepool MP's departure from Government followed a junior defence and six other parliamentary private secretaries quitting their posts.
It is with great sadness that we feel under the circumstances we have no alternative but to resign as Parliamentary Private Secretaries.
Mr Mahmood was one of seven Parliamentary Private Secretaries ( ministerial back men ( and MP for Hartlepool Iain Wright who quit with Under Secretary of State for Defence Tom Watson over Mr Blair's failure to set a timetable to go.
01 Four more Parliamentary Private Secretaries ( Wayne David, Ian Lucas, Mark Tami and David Wright ( quit their jobs in protest at Mr Blair staying on.
In one of the most serious political crises of his premiership, the prime minister was rocked by the resignation of defence minister Tom Watson and six Parliamentary private secretaries.
And the PM made it clear he expects Ministers and their Parliamentary Private Secretaries to support the Government.
Sir Adam was appointed to the Whips' office as one of Mrs Thatcher's two parliamentary private secretaries after she won the leadership election in 1975.
01 Four more Parliamentary Private Secretaries - Wayne David, Ian Lucas, Mark Tami and David Wright - quit their jobs in protest at Mr Blair staying on.

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