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A new Magna Carta?

The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee of the House of Commons has published a report, A new Magna Carta? asking whether the UK needs a codified constitution.  It identifies three options: a non-statutory constitutional code (akin to the Cabinet Manual), … Continue reading

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Reforming the Lords

The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in the House of Commons is undertaking an inquiry into ‘The House of Lords: what next?’ essentially exploring what, if anything, can be done in the present Parliament to enable the House to carry … Continue reading

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Improving standards in legislation

The House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee yesterday published its report on ensuring standards in the quality of legislation.  (You can read the report here.)  I gave oral and written evidence to the committee.  I was pleased that … Continue reading

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Evidence on legislative standards

The uncorrected transcript of my evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in the Commons is now available and can be read here.  The corrected version will be the same, bar the odd minor correction.  My written submission is … Continue reading

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Giving evidence

I gave evidence yesterday to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in the Commons as part of their inquiry into legislative standards.  I was appearing alongside Lord Maclennan and MP Nick Raynsford.  It was very much a case of singing … Continue reading

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As bad as one another…

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, appeared before the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in the Commons on Thursday.  On the issue of the House of Lords, he followed the line taken by Hilary Benn earlier in the week, arguing … Continue reading

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Fixed-term Parliaments

The House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee published on Friday a report on the Fixed-Term Parliaments Bill, in time for the Second Reading of the Bill in the Commonds this afternoon. The report is highly critical, not so … Continue reading

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