On 25 May the Hansard Society hosted the hustings for the Lord Speaker in the Robing Room in the House of Lords.
The candidates - Lord Cormack, Lord Fowler and Baroness Garden - were each given eight minutes to present their manifestos in front of a packed audience of Peers. The speeches were followed by a question and answer session, during which Peers were given the opportunity to challenge each of the candidates on their plans for the role.
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Stay on top of the key Brexit developments in Parliament this autumn in our regularly updated procedural and constitutional guide.
The Supreme Court’s 24 September nullification of the prorogation that had at that point been underway presented Parliament with a procedural and record-keeping problem. Here, the Clerks of the Journals in the two Houses explain how it was resolved.
The Supreme Court’s judgement that the government’s prorogation of Parliament was unlawful was due in part to concern that the legislature’s ability to scrutinise Statutory Instruments would be compromised. But as ‘exit day’ nears, and with a new, shorter prorogation planned, the inadequacies of the parliamentary scrutiny process for SIs become ever starker.
In its recent landmark report, the House of Commons Liaison Committee recommended a widening of the circle of those that select committees should hold to account, and a turn towards the public in all committee activity, but also tighter links between select committees and the House of Commons Chamber.
The House of Commons’ last business before it was controversially prorogued on 9 September was the announcement of Royal Assent to the Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Act 2019. Just as the UK’s parliamentary democracy was being questioned, a significant step forward was taken to safeguard the building that both houses and symbolises it.