Mark and Ruth look at the growing fashion for re-writing Bills mid-air as they pass through Parliament, adding on all sorts of policy bells and whistles at the last minute.
At our AGM we will be updating Members on the work of the Society and looking ahead to the next year. Our guest speaker is political journalist Michael Crick, who will be talking about his Tomorrow's MPs project, tracking candidate selection processes for the next general election.
6:00-7:30pm, 14 March 2023
This is a Members only hybrid event: in person at our base in Westminster and on Zoom.
The agenda and associated papers for the meeting will be sent direct to Members in advance of the meeting. Our Annual Report for the year ending 31 December 2021 is available for immediate download.
Approval of the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting
Report of the Directors and the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2021
Appointment of Auditors
Re-appointment of Trustees
Reflections on the last year and future plans: update by the Rt Hon the Baroness Taylor of Bolton (Chair) and Dr Ruth Fox (Director) followed by Q & A.
Michael will be talking about his @TomorrowsMPs project, shedding light on the candidate selection processes for the next general election. He is tracking when and how parties pick candidates for Westminster seats and who is being selected where. He will be sharing his insights into the next generation of future members of the House of Commons (and therefore future Government Ministers), what the selections tell us about the contenders, the winners and the state of the political parties locally and nationally. He will also be reflecting on the challenges he has faced in lifting the lid on the selection processes underway in 650 constituencies across the country.
Our guest speaker
Michael Crick is a political journalist who has worked for Channel 4 News, Channel 4 Dispatches, LBC Radio, BBC Panorama, BBC Newsnight and MailPlus. He recently launched a new podcast, Mugshots, profiling the people who make the headlines and shape our world. He is also the author of several books, including biographies of the Hansard Society’s former Chair, Professor Sir David Butler, and most recently of Nigel Farage.
Delegated legislation is the most common form of legislation in the United Kingdom. It is the legislation of everyday life, impacting millions of citizens daily. But the terminology and procedures that surround it are complex and often confusing. This explainer unpacks delegated legislation - the terminology and Parliament's role in scrutinising it - to reveal more about how delegated legislation really works.
What a week! Suella Braverman's sacking from Government was immediately eclipsed by the appointment of former Prime Minister David Cameron as the new Foreign Secretary. Mark and Ruth explore the many questions this raises, not least for scrutiny of foreign affairs by MPs.
The Prime Minister’s decision to cancel the next stage of HS2 has given rise to criticism that once again the Government has ridden roughshod over Parliament. Just over 1,300 hours of legislative time have been spent on four HS2-related Bills over nine Sessions in the last decade. Why has it taken so long and what now happens to that legislation?
When parliamentarians reassemble at Westminster on 7 November for the start of the new Session, all eyes will be on the legislative programme to be announced in the King’s Speech. Speculation about the likely date of the next general election is rife at Westminster, but until the date is settled there are a lot of parliamentary issues still to be tackled. We’ve picked out a few things to look out for on the political horizon.