Tag Archives: Lords

War: Parliament recalled over potential Syrian intervention

Today, Parliament has been recalled over the Syria crisis. Here’s a brief overview of the history of parliamentary responses to military interventions. For many wars prior to 1914, Parliament often didn’t debate the start of a conflict and often Parliament … Continue reading

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Ping pong with grenades: what happens when the Lords has the upper hand

The Justice and Security Bill is currently going through parliament, but because it started in the Lords the Parliament Acts won’t apply. The Commons has sent back the bill and has undone many of the Lords amendments – this is … Continue reading

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Royal Succession: Canada gets down to business; UK awaits third reading

Canada The Senate of Canada has now sent the Succession to the Throne Bill to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs – during second reading only two speeches were made; one by the Leader of the Government … Continue reading

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A History of Committees in the House of Lords

Early committees Back in the formative days of parliament, petitions would often by committed to a group of the King’s Council – known as triers – who could either make changes and report the petition back to parliament (if it … Continue reading

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The Use and Abuse of Private Members Bills

The latest dispatch from Kim Lane Scheppele on Paul Krugman’s blog is now in. It raises a very interesting point which I didn’t notice when looking through the Hungarian Parliament’s website. Most of the important constitutional measures proposed in Hungary, … Continue reading

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An impending constitutional crisis?

As if it wasn’t enough for the potential of constitutional crises over Lords reform and Scottish independence, the government’s actions over the Welfare bill may cause one too. Dr Jeff King, senior law lecturer at UCL, and Professor Robert Hazell, … Continue reading

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