Tag Archives: House of Lords

Lords Clerks Go Wigless

Earlier this week it was revealed that the clerks in the House of Lords will no longer wear their traditional uniform on a day-to-day basis. Gone are the horsehair wigs, court jackets, and white bowties; the gown will remain, but … Continue reading

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Should Ministers Be Appointed From Outside Parliament?

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, has made headlines by suggesting that ministers need not always be MPs or peers, something the Commission for Smart Government also mooted in a recent discussion paper. While outsiders can make … Continue reading

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What Can Be Done About The Size Of The House of Lords?

The Lord Speaker, Lord Fowler, has come under some fire for expressing concern over Boris Johnson’s decision to appoint a new batch of 16 peers. While some have questioned the propriety of his intervention, he was right to raise the … Continue reading

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A New Tradition? The Lord Chancellor And Royal Approbation Of The Speaker

Today, the House of Commons chose Sir Lindsay Hoyle as their Speaker following John Bercow’s resignation. As is customary, Sir Lindsay’s election had to be confirmed by the Queen before he could formally take the Chair. Like prorogation and royal … Continue reading

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Will The Supreme Court Be Abolished?

Backbench Conservative MP Sir Desmond Swayne has argued that the next Tory manifesto should include a pledge to abolish the Supreme Court and return to the pre-2009 status quo. Before the establishment of the Supreme Court, the House of Lords … Continue reading

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Can MPs Really Take Control Of Brexit?

As the Brexit drama drags on, some commentators have suggested that MPs might try to take control of the process next week. But as we shall see, this would be easier said than done. The simplest way for MPs to … 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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Archbishops And Politics

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, caused a kerfuffle recently when he criticized the Government’s flagship welfare reform and described zero-hours contracts ‘a reincarnation of an ancient evil.’ This has not gone down well with certain segments of the Conservative … Continue reading

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Peerages And Gender

The Government revealed today that it has no plans to create gender-neutral peerage titles for non-binary individuals. As part of a wider question about the impact of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 on appointments to the House of Lords, Green … Continue reading

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The House Of Lords Is Finally Shrinking…Hooray!

Theresa May’s decision to create thirteen new peers has provoked some caustic commentary in the British press. Even the conservative Daily Telegraph couldn’t resist running a snarky piece predicting that the House could grow to 1,000 members by 2031. There’s just one problem: … Continue reading

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