Tag Archives: Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011

Notes on the general election

A few notes on the election due now on 12 December… Under section 1(2) of the Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (due to receive Royal Assent today), the poll ‘is to be treated as a polling day appointed under section … Continue reading

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What is a vote of no confidence?

I see there is now talk of opposition parties seeking to move a vote of no confidence in the government, but one that does not engage the provisions of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.  For a motion to trigger the provisions … Continue reading

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Alice in Wonderland, or more on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act

As readers will be well aware, I have done various posts on the consequences of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, including one at the beginning of the month.  In 2017, some thought the ease with which Theresa May gained a two-thirds … Continue reading

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Yet more on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act…

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act is again centre stage.  As regular readers know, this is an Act that has been the subject of several posts, usually for the purpose of correcting misunderstandings about its provisions. I gave evidence to the House … Continue reading

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Some problems of the constitution

I have just signed a contract with Manchester University Press for a book entitled Governing Britain: Parliament, ministers and our ambiguous constitution. It is designed, as may be inferred from the title, to address uncertainties, or conundrums, in our constitutional … Continue reading

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Yet more on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act…

The saga of media misunderstanding of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act continues…. Recently, The Times carried a report asserting that, if the Government was defeated on a Queen’s Speech, both main parties would have 14-days within which to form a government … Continue reading

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More on you-know-what… The Fixed-term Parliaments Act

Readers would probably feel there was a gap in their Yuletide celebrations if I failed to post another missive on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act. Events before Christmas – indeed during Christmas – could have been especially difficult had Jeremy Corbyn … Continue reading

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Here we go again…

It seems some people still have not grasped the contents of the Fixed-term Parliaments 2011. The BBC has published an article on unlikely scenarios to break the Brexit deadlock. One comes from former MP George Galloway, who is quoted as … Continue reading

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Caption competition: the winner

Time to announce the winner of the latest caption competition.  I fear Dean B may have been on tenterhooks for some time.  There were some splendid entries.  Some were related to the attempt to get people to wave hands rather … Continue reading

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The winner…. An alternative Leader of the Opposition’s speech

The entries for the latest competition were notable for their quality.  Despite being few in number, I had difficulty selecting a winner.  The choice was between a speech that was effectively usable on future occasions – the sort of thing … Continue reading

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