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The 2016 Queen's speech and the constitution

Last week’s Queen’s speech included proposals to bring forward a British bill of rights and a commitment that ministers would ‘uphold the sovereignty of Parliament and the primacy of the House of Commons’. 1,254 more words

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Scotland, Wales and Ireland point to how governments should be formed in hung parliaments

Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones have this week been re-elected as First Ministers of Scotland and Wales, whilst two week ago Enda Kenny was re-elected as Irish Taoiseach. 1,298 more words

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Reform is needed to restore public and parliamentary confidence in the private members’ bill process

Last month the House of Commons Procedure Committee published a report on the private members’ bill process in which a number of proposals for reform were put forward. 1,248 more words

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TPP legislation passes first reading

The Trans-Pacific Partnership legislation passed it’s first reading vote in Parliament by 62 votes to 59.

Voting with National were ACT’s David Seymour, Peter Dunne and Labour MP for a few more months (possibly) Phil Goff. 255 more words

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Out of control or mission accomplished?

Andrew Little has claimed that John Key is out of control after he was ordered out of the Chamber during Question Time yesterday – see… 573 more words

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Key kicked out of Parliament

John Key was ordered to leave the Chamber today during question time. This is the first Prime Minister to be ordered out since the last one (Clark in 20o5). 897 more words

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Little versus Key on overseas trusts

In Question Time in Parliament today:

1. Tax System—Overseas Trusts

1. ANDREW LITTLE (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, “There’s actually quite legitimate business in New Zealand for servicing foreign trusts”? 1,065 more words

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