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Lords reform: elections are now dead

David Cameron will announce in the next few days that his Lords reform bill is dead in the water as he has failed to convince his backbenches to back the idea. The question of what happens next is high on … Continue reading

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The facts about Canadian Conservatives’ love of time allocation

Since the last election gave Stephen Harper a majority, his government has acquired a reputation for being trigger-happy with restricting debate by imposing time allocation, closure and putting the question. These all mean very different things. Time Allocation is the … Continue reading

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Lords reform: Next steps

Thanks to a meeting of the 1922 Committee, it looks like the PM will make one last push on a watered down version of the bill: getting rid of the surviving 92 hereditaries and electing about the same number of … Continue reading

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Lords reform: T minus nine hours

Latest news: the vote may not take place if the Liberal Democrats lose their nerve. According to James Chappers, if the vote can’t be called off Tory high command actually views a big defeat as the best outcome because it … Continue reading

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Lords reform: bill being rewritten

Amid all the anger and fury directed by Tory MPs and peers against the draft House of Lords Reform bill, it is being rewritten before it will be presented to cabinet on the 26th of June. This still gives it … Continue reading

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Pre-study in the Canadian Senate

The Canadian Senate is an entirely appointed institution. In the 1970s, the Senate began the process of formalising the practice of pre-study – where a Senate committee would question witnesses and produce a report advising the ministers on the bill … Continue reading

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The tactics and strategy of upper house reform

In the UK, the government is negotiating the tricky waters of upper house reform. To this end it’s letting many of the details be decided by a joint committee of both houses in an effort to persuade peers and MPs … Continue reading

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