To mark the launch of ‘Britain Votes 2017’, the first major study of the 2017 general election, five of the book’s contributors - includingpolling guru Professor Sir John Curtice - outlined their findings at an event on 20 March at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Here are the evening’s top tweets.
The Trade Bill has made news because of the potential for a government defeat over EU customs union arrangements. But the Bill illustrates broader problems of legislating for Brexit: trying to hit a moving target, and to legislate piece-by-piece when core legal and constitutional principles are in play. Parliament’s treaty-making role is also at issue.
The first women in the UK got the vote 100 years ago - but what about the preceding centuries? As the Vindication of the Rights of Woman was published in 1792, how were debates surrounding women’s suffrage being framed? And why did it take 86 years after the extension of male suffrage in 1832 for the franchise to be granted to just a small number of women?
In this extract from a recent speech, Harriet Harman MP reflects on over 30 years at the centre of British politics, from successfully contesting a by-election as a young pregnant women in 1983, through the difficult campaigns for greater representation for women in Parliament, to some of the major policy changes that have marked her career.
The Hansard Society has long argued that the Westminster Restoration and Renewal debate lacks any vision. As the Commons debates R&R on31 January, historians Dr John Crook and Dr David Harrison advance a broader view encompassing the whole of a wider World Heritage Site, to realise its archaeological potential and engage the public in its unique history.