British Parliamentary

One of the many parliamentary debating formats, British Parliamentary (or ‘BP’ for short) draws strongly on the heritage of the United Kingdom’s House of Commons. In fact, this heritage has strengthened over recent years, so that while the format’s four teams used to be referred to simply as “Opening Proposition”, “Opening Opposition”, “Closing Proposition” and “Closing Opposition”, they are now normally referred to with more parliamentary language:

Opening Government team (OG)
  1. First Speaker (also called the Prime Minister)
  2. Second Speaker (also called the Deputy Prime Minister)
Opening Opposition team (OO)
  1. First Speaker (also called the Leader of the Opposition)
  2. Second Speaker (also called the Deputy Leader of the Opposition)
Closing Government team (CG)
  1. Third Speaker (also called a Member of the Government)
  2. Fourth Speaker (also called Government Whip)
Closing Opposition team (CO)
  1. Third Speaker (also called a Member of the Opposition)
  2. Fourth Speaker (also called Opposition Whip)
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