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Government Ditches Plans To Curb Lords’ Powers

In a move that should surprise no one, the Government has decided that it will not try to abolish the House of Lords’ veto over statutory instruments. While the Parliament Act 1911 removed the Lords’ veto over Acts of Parliament, it did not make … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On The Strathclyde Review

Lord Strathclyde has published his review of the powers of the House of Lords in relation to secondary legislation. The TL;DR of it is that the peers’ absolute veto should be replaced with a suspensory veto. David Cameron commissioned the Strathclyde Review after the Lords rejected the … Continue reading

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Prince Charles’ Reading Material

There’s been another dust-up over the Prince of Wales’ role in government: the release of certain sections of the Cabinet Office Precedent Book has shown that he automatically receives papers from the Cabinet and ministerial committees. Unsurprisingly, this ‘revelation’ has provoked outrage from the usual … Continue reading

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What Will The Government Do To The House Of Lords?

Downing Street has announced that Lord Strathclyde, a former Leader of the House of Lords, will lead a review of the conventions surrounding the House of Lords with a view to “protect[ing] the ability of elected governments to secure their … Continue reading

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Peers Vote To Delay Tax Credit Cuts

Despite the Government’s dire talk of a constitutional crisis, the House of Lords voted to delay the implementation of the tax credit cuts until Ministers take steps to soften the blow for low-income individuals. Today’s debate was an example of the House at … Continue reading

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The House Of Lords And Statutory Instruments

I’ve been asked to explain how the House of Lords can reject the Government’s program of tax credit cuts when it hasn’t been able veto legislation since 1911. The answer lies in the distinction between primary and secondary legislation. The term ‘primary legislation’ … Continue reading

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Jeremy Corbyn And The Privy Council

During the Labour leadership race, there was some speculation that Jeremy Corbyn, a staunch republican, might refuse to become a Privy Counsellor if he won the election. But lo and behold, Corbyn decided to become right honourable after all. This really shouldn’t surprise … Continue reading

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Is The Fixed-Term Parliaments Act 2011 Fatally Flawed?

Writing in the Irish Times, Mark Hennessy has argued that the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 has a fatal constitutional flaw. Section 2(3) of the Act states that an early General Election may be held if the House of Commons passes … Continue reading

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A Few Words on Minority Governments

Alex Salmond made headlines yesterday when he said that the SNP could torpedo a Conservative minority government by helping Labour vote down the Queen’s Speech in May. Naturally, this hasn’t gone over well with the Tories. A party spokesman accused Salmond of trying to “sabotage the democratic will … Continue reading

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Is There Too Much Secrecy Surrounding the Monarchy?

This week, the Supreme Court will decide whether or not certain letters between the Prince of Wales and the Government should be released under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Rob Evans, a journalist with the Guardian, has fought a … Continue reading

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