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Return to Hogwarts.


Today sees the convening of the 56th Parliament of the United Kingdom. The new & re-elected MP’s would this morning have been departing from their own Platform 9 3/4 across the country & embarking on their journeys to the Palace of Westminster. 666 more words


OPINION: Is it time to stop the Speaker running unopposed in elections?

AS is usually the case, the majority of the media reports from the election have been focused on marginal constituencies.

The bulk of the UK is seats that are intrinsically wedded to voting for Labour or the Conservatives, with a few additional ones also regularly declared Liberal Democrat and as one of the Northern Irish parties. 1,062 more words


The Speaker election row tells us two important things about parliament

Please note this blog piece was originally published on the Constitution Unit blog on 13 April 2014, available here.

On 26 March, its final sitting day, the House of Commons rejected government proposals to reform how the Speaker is elected at the start of the new parliament. 1,428 more words


26th May 2015 - The motion for a secret vote to elect the Speaker

Yesterday was an extraordinary day that was full of anger, all because of an attempt to change the parliamentary rule book. MPs are now leaving Westminster, from Monday those who wish to return will become election candidates. 1,020 more words

John Bercow

Two victories for two men of principle

Yesterday we saw two significant political events: the first TV ‘debate’ and a shabby, underhanded plot by the Tories to knife one of their own former MPs and Speaker of the House, John Bercow. 737 more words


Is ousting John Bercow really such a bad idea? By Leon French

I’ve only been marginally interested in the failed Government move to change the process of electing the Speaker of the House of Commons to make it a secret ballot for MPs so that party whips can’t be influencing things. 802 more words