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UQ if you want to: John Bercow's impact on Urgent Questions

The following piece presents the research findings of a final year undergraduate dissertation based at the University of Hull.

By Ben Goldsborough

Speaker John Bercow has repeatedly reaffirmed his belief that increased use of Urgent Questions (UQs) in the chamber of the House of Commons has made… 1,052 more words


27th May 2015 - The Queen's Speech

It’s been almost 20 years since The Queen last announced a legislative programme for a Conservative only government. There were more than 20 bills included in the Queen’s Speech which is of course written by the government. 2,799 more words

John Bercow

Moving the UK parliament away from Westminster is not the change we need

The News Hub

6 March 2015

John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, has warned that unless urgent repairs are carried out MPs could be forced to abandon the Houses of Parliament. 604 more words


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