Tag Archives: the House of Commons

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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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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John Bercow Defeated Over Commons Clerk

It looks like Carol Mills won’t be the next Clerk of the House of Commons after all. Her appointment was controversial from the outset, as many MPs felt that she didn’t have the necessary knowledge of parliamentary procedure. As more and more MPs voiced their … Continue reading

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Are Tory MPs Getting Thursdays Off?

The Daily Mail reports that Michael Gove, the Government Chief Whip in the Commons, has downgraded the House’s Thursday sittings to a one-line whip for the remainder of the Parliament. This means they will effectively be optional for Tory MPs until Parliament is dissolved … Continue reading

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Why Can’t MPs Resign From the House of Commons?

On September 30, HM Treasury announced that the Chancellor of the Exchequer had appointed ex-Tory MP Mark Reckless to the office of ‘Steward and Bailiff of the Three Hundreds of Chiltern.’ A few days earlier, Reckless announced that he was defecting to the … Continue reading

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Should Carol Mills Be the Next Clerk of the Commons?

It looks like Carol Mills, a senior official from the Australian Senate, has been chosen to be the next Clerk of the House of Commons. Mills’ appointment has raised more than a few eyebrows. The Clerk is supposed to act as … Continue reading

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Tony Blair and Impeachment

Veteran Conservative MP Sir Peter Tapsell has suggested that Tony Blair should be impeached for allegedly misleading the House of Commons in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. This might sound strange to an American audience, considering Blair left … Continue reading

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