I went to the Edgbaston Constituency Conservative Party's dinner last night. I met Justine Greening MP, who's represented Putney since the General Election in 2005.
Justine gave a very interesting and entertaining speech about what it's been like to be a new MP. From not being allowed to wear your coat in the Division Lobby (apparently to prevent you disguising your servant and sending them through if you couldn't be bothered voting), to how to wind up Gordon Brown, to more serious issues like ID cards, to the Lib Dem and (possible) Labour leadership contests, it was a rare and valuable insight into what goes on in the corridors of power.
Hopefully Edgbaston's own Deirdre Alden will be giving a similar speech in about 2009 after she's been elected..!