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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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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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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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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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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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Should Debates Between Party Leaders Be Mandatory?

There’s been a lot of Sturm und Drang recently over the proposed debates between the party leaders in the run-up to next May’s General Election. The question of who should take part is proving to be quite divisive: David Cameron wants to … Continue reading

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Could Prince Charles Really Overhaul The Honors System?

Over the weekend, there were reports that the Prince of Wales wants to overhaul the honors system when he becomes king. In her forthcoming biography of the Prince, Time journalist Catherine Mayer claims that Prince Charles believes that honors are being awarded to the wrong … Continue reading

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Government Announces ‘English Votes For English Laws’ Plans

Today, William Hague issued a Command Paper that sets out four options (three from the Conservatives and one from the Liberal Democrats) to address the West Lothian Question. Option No. 1 (Tories) would effectively ban non-English MPs from considering England-only legislation. Second Reading debates … Continue reading

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Labour’s English Committee Won’t Answer the West Lothian Question

The West Lothian Question is a topic of lively discussion in British politics at the moment. David Cameron has been touting the idea of ‘English votes for English laws,’ and he asked William Hague, the Leader of the Commons, to chair a Cabinet committee … Continue reading

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