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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

Treachery at the top and subservience at the bottom

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,040

Friday 27 March 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

There was something incredibly fitting that on the last day of the current parliament you Tories got your knives out but were thwarted in your desire to stick them in the back of one of your own in secret. 402 more words

The perfect epitaph for this Coalition Government

There were some last minute shenanigans in the House of Commons today on the final day of this Parliament. The top brains in the Tory Party knocked their heads together and came up with a cunning wheeze to nobble Speaker John Bercow’s chances of continuing in the job in the next Party. 291 more words

General Election 2015

25th March 2015 - The final Prime Ministers Question's for this Parliament

David Cameron has ruled out any rise in VAT if the Conservatives win the election. He made the surprise announcement during a final raucous session of Prime Ministers Questions before the campaign begins. 1,054 more words

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