Most MPs will be unable to point to any one thing they did that wouldn’t have happened without them. Occasionally, individuals make a difference, though. Polly Toynbee lists a few that have, as follows;
- Barbara Castle’s lifesaving 70mph speed limit
- Patricia Hewitt’s smoking ban
- Harriet Harman’s childcare and nurseries
- Roy Jenkins’s great 1960s “permissive society is a civilised society” reforms
- David Steel’s Abortion Act.