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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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On The Title Of Northern Ireland’s Chief Judge

Dame Siobhan Keegan took office today as Northern Ireland’s chief judge and there has been some debate on Twitter over her decision to style herself ‘Lady Chief Justice’ rather than ‘Lord Chief Justice.’ ‘Lord Chief Justice’ is the statutory form … 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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Should The Dignity Of Prince Be Granted Rather Than Inherited?

Craig Prescott published an interesting piece over at the UK Constitutional Law Blog on the rules governing the titular dignity of Prince or Princess of the United Kingdom. He suggests that paradigm established by George V in 1917 is no … Continue reading

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A Few Words On The Swearing-in Of Ministers

As I watched President Biden’s inauguration, I thought about how the advent of a new ministry in the UK receives very little fanfare. Aside from a photograph of the new Prime Minister with the Queen, the installation of a new … 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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The Perplexities Of The Royal Prerogative

Yesterday’s reveal of a draft bill to repeal the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 has led to quite a bit of academic debate about the nature of the power set out in clause 2(1). Is it a revived prerogative power? A … Continue reading

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Government Unveils Bill To Repeal The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011

The Government today unveiled a draft bill to repeal the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. If the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (Repeal) Bill becomes law, the UK will go back to the pre-2011 arrangement where the Queen dissolves Parliament at the … Continue reading

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Is This The End Of The Road For The Fixed-Term Parliaments Act 2011?

Regular readers of my blog will know that I’m not a fan of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. I think it was a cynical ploy to stabilize David Cameron’s coalition government, and it has done far more harm than good. … 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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