By Mark D’Arcy
Parliament tends to be dominated by its grandest figures, the party leaders, and their cabinet or shadow cabinet teams.
But others can cut a dash in the Commons by weight of expertise, through passion for an issue, by sheer street-smarts, or simply by being in the right place at the right time.
So here are a few MPs who – while not aspiring to the top table – could exert serious leverage in the newly elected House of Commons.
Bim Afolami – Conservatives
Seen as a bit of a star of the 2017 intake, Afolami is on the Commons end of the Constitution Reform Group, a cross-party pressure group which wants to rebalance a constitution destabilised by an uneven devolution settlement.
This is the group behind the Act of Union Bill, a private member’s bill proposed by the former clerk of the Commons, Lord Lisvane. It may all sound high-powered and rather nerdy, but the tug of war between the nations and regions of the UK is set to be a big theme of the new Parliament, and Afolami looks set to be a player.
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