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Modernising parliamentary democracy

Modernising parliamentary democracy | Parliament | Scoop.it
 Credit: Trodel, CC by SA 2.0) British Politics is defined by its adherence to the doctrine of Parliamentary Sovereignty. Which means what Parliament says, goes. But is Parliament in its current gu...
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Parliament is no longer as central to UK democracy as it could once claim to be. A significant proportion of UK law is now derived from EU legislation, while devolution to Scotland, Wales and North...
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Parliament has relatively weak war powers compared to legislatures in other democracies

Parliament has relatively weak war powers compared to legislatures in other democracies | Parliament | Scoop.it
Parliament is today being recalled from its summer recess to discuss the possibility of British military intervention in Syria. In the 2012 audit of UK democracy, Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Andrew Blick, a...
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The UK is inconsistent in its support for human rights and democracy overseas

The UK is inconsistent in its support for human rights and democracy overseas | Parliament | Scoop.it
In the 2012 audit of UK democracy, Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Andrew Blick, and Stephen Crone discussed the role of the UK in promoting democracy and human rights overseas. They found the UK purports to se...
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House of Lords - House of Lords (FULL ALBUM)

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The size of the House of Lords is pushing 900 – and needs to come ...

The size of the House of Lords is pushing 900 – and needs to come ... | Parliament | Scoop.it
The House of Lords has grown from 666 members to 835 members over the last thirteen years, leaving it not only larger than the House of Commons, but the largest Upper Chamber in the world. Lord Norton argued in a recent speech to the ...
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Choosing the Speaker of the House of Commons: some proposals for change

Choosing the Speaker of the House of Commons: some proposals for change | Parliament | Scoop.it
Should we change the way we select the Speaker of the House of Commons? The current system requires that the House select an MP, who then gives up their party label and their public political views...
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Changing the relationship between the civil service and Parliamentary committees could improve accountability

Changing the relationship between the civil service and Parliamentary committees could improve accountability | Parliament | Scoop.it
Select committees and Whitehall departments must improve their relationships to increase the effectiveness of civil servants’ accountability to Parliament. This requires action to be taken, and beh...
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If Parliament wants to be trusted, it must trust the people

If Parliament wants to be trusted, it must trust the people | Parliament | Scoop.it
Parliamentary and constitutional reform remains the main focus of most efforts to improve government and make our democracy fit for the 21st Century. But while these efforts are important and have ...
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Is Britain's parliament hopelessly out of date?

Is Britain's parliament hopelessly out of date? | Parliament | Scoop.it
Tory women MPs are quitting Westminster over its old-fashioned ways, Lib Dem reforms have failed and the young are urged not to vote, writes Toby Helm
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House of Lords launches new inquiry into constitutional implications of Scottish independence

House of Lords launches new inquiry into constitutional implications of Scottish independence | Parliament | Scoop.it
PEERS to probe whether Scottish Government's proposed timetable on independence is realistic. (Committee from the UNELECTED House of Lords to tell Scotland about consequences of #IndyRef?
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Tory rebellions and grumpy old timers - The Commentator

Tory rebellions and grumpy old timers - The Commentator | Parliament | Scoop.it
So called Tory "rebels" are not grumpy or pessimistic. They just believe in things and are seeking to represent their constituents and the values of their party
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Whatever happened to reforming the political system?

Whatever happened to reforming the political system? | Parliament | Scoop.it
In May 2009, as leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg announced his 100 day action plan 'to save British democracy', 'take back power' and 'change politics for good'.  Clegg's proposals were ...
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Reports of Parliament’s decline much exaggerated

Reports of Parliament’s decline much exaggerated | Parliament | Scoop.it
Andrew Blick, 31st May 2011 The last decade has seen a series of significant innovations in the way Parliament holds government to account, mostly involving the House of Commons, but in some cases ...
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New analysis reveals what types of organisation give evidence to parliamentary select committees

New analysis reveals what types of organisation give evidence to parliamentary select committees | Parliament | Scoop.it
Parliamentary select committees are one of the most important sources of external input into the policy-making process. Committees call witnesses to their hearings, whether to hold them to account ...
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Take a closer look at the House of Lords: it may not be quite what you think

Take a closer look at the House of Lords: it may not be quite what you think | Parliament | Scoop.it
The 1999 reforms to the House of Lords introduced by Labour in government have given the House of Lords a new-found sense of confidence and legitimacy, with the upper chamber now impossible to igno...
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Lords to debate EU referendum bill | Politics | theguardian.com

Lords to debate EU referendum bill | Politics | theguardian.com | Parliament | Scoop.it
James Wharton, the Tory MP for Stockton South who piloted the bill through the Commons, said: "It is extremely important that the House of Lords recognise that this bill, which has been passed through every stage of the ...
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The Government's proposal for an 'English only' stage in the House of Commons could create problems

The Government's proposal for an 'English only' stage in the House of Commons could create problems | Parliament | Scoop.it
The Coalition Government has proposed a new measure to counteract some of the asymmetries brought about by devolution, which could see English MPs enjoying what amounts to a 'Fourth Reading Veto'. ...
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The size of the House of Lords is pushing 900 - and needs to come down

The size of the House of Lords is pushing 900 - and needs to come down | Parliament | Scoop.it
The House of Lords has grown from 666 members to 835 members over the last thirteen years, leaving it not only larger than the House of Commons, but the largest Upper Chamber in the world. Lord Nor...
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Men only? The parliamentary Liberal Democrats and gender representation

Men only? The parliamentary Liberal Democrats and gender representation | Parliament | Scoop.it
The Liberal Democrats have both the lowest percentage and number of women MPs among the main parties. With those seats vulnerable due to their slim majorities, Elizabeth Evans questions whether a p...
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Parliament still has a long way to go if it is to be considered 'family friendly'

Parliament still has a long way to go if it is to be considered 'family friendly' | Parliament | Scoop.it
Despite efforts over recent years to make Parliament more "family-friendly" through reforms such as an on-site nursery and changes to sitting times, many MPs are still finding it difficult to achie...
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The failure of Lords reform is great news for British democracy

The failure of Lords reform is great news for British democracy | Parliament | Scoop.it
Martin Kettle: Clegg opposing boundary changes may be partisan retaliation, but it favours Labour and the future of progressive politics too
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House of Lords warned not to 'ignore the public's wishes' on EU referendum debate

House of Lords warned not to 'ignore the public's wishes' on EU referendum debate | Parliament | Scoop.it

The House of Lords has been warned that it would be “ignoring” the wishes of ordinary people if it blocks a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.

 

Peers are debating the Conservatives’ bid to lay down in law a public vote on membership.

James Wharton, the Tory MP for Stockton South who steered the Bill through the Commons, said: “It is extremely important that the House of Lords recognise that this Bill, which has been passed through every stage of the democratically-elected House of Commons, needs to pass in order to give the British people a say on this very important issue.

"It would be strange indeed for the unelected House of Lords to block a Bill which is to legislate for a referendum.”

Voting against the referendum would put peers in a “very difficult position”, he added.

Speaking in the debate, former Thatcher minister Lord Crickhowell said: “Are we to add to the despair that exists about the political system?

“Are we going to block the wishes of ordinary people who want certainty that their views will be heard?"

The legislation would make a much discussed “in-out referendum” possible in 2017, although the result would not have to be legally binding.

But David Cameron has come under fire from critics for pandering to eurosceptics within the Conservatives and the rising pressure from UKIP.

Former Labour leader Lord Kinnock said: "To the detriment of our country he has pranced to their rhythm.”

He argued the referendum could cause “potentially huge” risks and costs for a government yet to be elected.

Lord Hannay of Chiswick claimed 2017 was a flawed time for the vote, clashing with Britain's presidency of the EU and French and German elections.

Labour’s Lord Mandelson said leaving Europe would “simply create more alienation and disillusion” among the public and that reform in Brussels was a better solution.

He added: “Having been a member of the European Commission, I think I can talk with some experience about the need for change in the European Union.”

UKIP peer Lord Willoughby de Broke urged the Lords to support the referendum to “throw off the shackles of the EU and to be a truly free nation”.

It is customary in the House of Lords for Bills agreed by MPs to be given a second reading and amendments at this stage are rare.

It must next go through the committee, report and third reading stages before going back to MPs.

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