The most borrowed book from the library at the Houses of Parliament last year was ‘How to be an MP,’ a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Telegraph report:

The work, by veteran Labour MP Paul Flynn, is a step-by-step guide on how to placate constituents, advance one’s career, claim expenses and fend off an inquisitive press.

It was borrowed 19 times last year from the Commons library, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show – more than any other title.

It offers tips on how to ‘doughnut’ – or surround a speaker in Parliament in order to create the impression on television that the session is well-attended – and how to prevent a political career from derailing a marriage.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.