Lord David Puttnam decided to "have a crack at the movie industry" after 10 years in advertising. His films 'Midnight Express' and 'Chariots of Fire' were huge hits, the latter winning David an Oscar in 1982. David was awarded a CBE in 1982 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997. He now works principally for the Department of Education.
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DescriptionElected representatives in national government formulate and ratify legislation and government policy, act as elected representatives in Parliament, European Parliament, Regional Parliaments or Assemblies, and as representatives of the government and its executive. Elected officers in local government act as representatives in the local authority and participate in the formulation, ratification and implementation of local government policies.
QualificationsEntry is by election.
- Represents constituency within the legislature and advises and assists constituents on a variety of issues;
- Acts as a Party representative within the constituency;
- Participates in debates and votes on legislative and other matters;
- Holds positions on parliamentary or local government committees;
- Tables questions to ministers and introduces proposals for government action;
- Recommends or reviews potential policy or legislative change, and offers advice and opinions on current policy;
- Advises on the interpretation and implementation of policy decisions, acts and regulations;
- Studies and acts upon any legislation that may affect the local authority.
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