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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 if a candidate dies?

Readers may recall that in the 2005 general election, the Liberal Democrat candidate in Staffordshire South died and the election in the seat was deferred.   A friend asked me recently why, following the death of former Eurovision singer, Ronnie Carroll, who … Continue reading

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Recall of Parliament

Last Friday, both Houses were recalled to discuss military action in Iraq.  When the recall was announced on Wednesday, I spent some time correcting media reports that the Speaker had authorised the recall of Parliament.  The Speaker can only authorise the recall … Continue reading

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Sir Fletcher Norton

Speakers are not what they used to be.  Prior to the early decades of the 19th Century, they could be partisan and, indeed, carry on as MPs after ceasing to be Speaker.  (Indeed, some went on to be Prime Minister.)  … Continue reading

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The role of the Speaker

A friend asked me about the role of the Speaker in the event of a hung Parliament and in particular what the Speaker does if there is a tied vote.  He assumed the Speaker would normally vote with the Government. If there is … Continue reading

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Oh dear

I am in the middle of marking undergraduate dissertations.  One student has just written that Michael Martin was the first Speaker to be forced out of office since Sir John Trevor in 1695.  Oh dear.  Send for the firing squad.  … Continue reading

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