Articles on topics including divisions within the Parliamentary Conservative Party following the Brexit referendum, a new analysis of representatation and majoritarianism in the UK House of Commons, Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster, and the affect of parenthood and gender on political leadership.
- Policy, Office and Votes: Conservative MPs and the Brexit Referendum
- Incitement to Hatred and Countering Terrorism: Policy Confusion in the UK and Australia
- Majoritarianism Reinterpreted: Effective Representation and the Quality of Westminster Democracy
- Representing the Region on the Floor: Socioeconomic Characteristics of Electoral Districts and Legislative Speechmaking
Hanna Bäck, Marc Debus
- Digital Communication and Representational Interactivity: an Analysis of www.WriteToThem.com in Scotland
- Parliament and the Representation of Indigenous Issues: The Canadian Case
Michael D Morden
- The Politics of Parliamentary Restoration and Renewal: Decisions, Discretion, Democracy
Matthew Flinders, Leanne-Marie Cotter, Alix Kelso, Alex Meakin
- The Politics of Symbols: Reflections on the French Government’s Framing of the 2015 Terrorist Attacks
Florence Faucher, Laurie Boussaguet
- Politics and Parenthood: An Examination of UK Party Leadership Elections (editors’ choice)
Jessica C Smith
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A large body of Coronavirus-related Statutory Instruments have been subject to limited parliamentary scrutiny. Amid growing concern that Parliament is being sidelined by ministers, this briefing explores the procedural obstacles to effective scrutiny of the Covid-19 regulations, and how these might be addressed
Politics in Autumn 2020 will continue to be dominated by Coronavirus and the negotiations with the EU, as the end of the post-Brexit transition period approaches on 31 December. But what will this mean for parliamentary business in the coming months, and what scope will there be to tackle other issues? We pick 15 things to look out for.
Catherine McKinnell MP, Chair of the House of Commons Petitions Committee, sets out how the Covid-19 crisis has significantly increased the public’s use of e-petitions while limiting the House’s ability to debate them. This has prompted the Committee to innovate, to ensure that petitioners’ voices are heard during the crisis.
In a crisis the House of Commons is hamstrung if it is in recess, for MPs are not masters of their own House. While any MP can make representations to the government and the House of Commons Speaker to request a recall, under Standing Orders only a formal request from ministers to the Speaker can actually trigger one.
The Coronavirus pandemic has presented parliaments with significant technical, procedural and political challenges, at Westminster and around the world. This page brings together our Covid-19 content, covering the UK Parliament’s adaptation to the crisis, UK Coronavirus-related Statutory Instruments, and the responses of other legislatures around the world.
MPs should take the opportunity to show the government and their constituents that they want to have more say on free trade agreements than they did when the UK was inside the EU.