Tag Archives: House of Commons

Was Speaker Bercow Right To Bend The Rules?

The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, made headlines last week when he allowed a backbench MP to table an amendment to the Government’s business motion setting out the terms for the rest of the debate on the … Continue reading

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Does The British Government Ever Shut Down?

With the United States in the midst of yet another government shutdown, a number of readers have asked if this sort of thing ever happens in the United Kingdom. The short answer is, no, it doesn’t. In the Westminster system, … Continue reading

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Can John Bercow Survive As Speaker?

Commons Speaker John Bercow’s reputation grows more and more tattered with each passing day. First, there were the accusations of bullying from two of his former private secretaries, one of whom was allegedly treated so badly that she developed post-traumatic … Continue reading

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Speaker Bercow’s Trump Remarks Land Him In Hot Water

The BBC reports that a Conservative backbencher has launched a bid to remove John Bercow from the Speaker’s chair after he said that Donald Trump should not address Parliament in Westminster Hall when he pays a state visit to the United Kingdom. … Continue reading

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Commons Clerks Ditch Wigs, Keep Robes

The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, today announced that the Commons’ clerks will no longer wear horsehair wigs and court dress while sitting at the table. They will, however, keep their black gowns, and male clerks will … Continue reading

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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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Are MPs Really A Threat To Brexit?

In the aftermath of the High Court’s Brexit ruling, many Leavers have expressed their fears that pro-EU MPs will try to wreck Brexit if given the chance. But is Parliament really a threat to Brexit? It’s true that the overwhelming majority of … Continue reading

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English Votes for English Laws

The Government has unveiled its latest plan to guarantee ‘English votes for English laws.’ It takes the form of new Standing Orders for the House of Commons. Under the proposed procedure, the Speaker of the House of Commons will examine each public bill introduced … Continue reading

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An Unfortunate Choice of Words

Yesterday, the Queen issued a royal proclamation summoning a new Parliament. The wording of the document has been substantially revised in light of the changes brought about by the Fixed-term Parliaments Act. Obviously, it no longer references dissolution, but there has … Continue reading

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Why Is Simon de Montfort’s Parliament Significant?

Today is the 750th anniversary of the meeting of Simon de Montfort’s Parliament. In honor of the occasion, the BBC teamed up with both Houses of Parliament for ‘Democracy Day,’ a series of events and discussions focusing on the past, … Continue reading

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