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Holding the PM to Account

The BSkyB, Murdoch, Hunt, phone- hacking saga provided some wonderful Unit 2 examples this week. Any question on ‘how effecitvely is the PM held to account’, ‘how effective is Parliament in holding the PM to account’, ‘how powerful is the PM’ or indeed questions concerning the power or accountability of Ministers would benefit from this anecdote. 1) On … Continue reading

Tory Backbenchers Threaten House of Lords Reform

This story is a god- send to AS politics pupils- if ever there was a multipurpose example this is it… For many Liberal Democrats constitutional reform was the pay back for getting into a political bed populated with ‘nasty’ Tories back in 2010, we all know that electoral reform didn’t go well for the Liberals … Continue reading

Bradford West By- Election

Over the Easter break George Galloway made a return to Parliament. The former Labour Party MP and leader of the Respect Party was elected as MP in Bradford West. (You need to update your stats on the make up of Parliament- its not just Caroline Lucas representing a minor party in England now!) By- Elections … Continue reading

Clegg on Lords Reform

This piece on Lord’s reform is generally quite interesting, it does however also include a brilliant soundbite, according to Nick Clegg, the retention of an appointments system for the upper chamber “puts Britain in the same league as Jordan, Belize and Burkina Faso”. Well worth remembering for an essay on constitutional reform or the House of Lords in Unit … Continue reading

House of Lords Reform

Just a quick summary of the coalitions plans for House of Lords refrom in this Parliamentary session- excellent if you are sitting Unit 2 in the summer and need to think about Constitutional or Parliamentary reform but also for Unit 1 when the House of Lords is a key aspect of the UK’s democratic deficit. … Continue reading

Conservative Party Factions

In Unit 1 you are required to know about divisions within as well as between the parties. There has been a lot of attention on the Labour party of late, with people examining the pros and cons of Blue, Red, Purple and Black Labour. There has been less said about the formal groupings within the Tories. … Continue reading

House of Lords defeats the government again…

The House of Lords defeated the government on its proposal to cap benefits at £26000. This is what can be described as a multi- purpose example, working for Unit 1 and Unit 2. While the Lords will claim this is evidence that an unelected chamber has its uses (doing the right thing in the face … Continue reading

More Revolting Tories

We’ve mentioned the propensity of the current crop of Tory backbenchers to revolt before, (for detailed analysis have a skim through the posts on the Nottingham University politics blog- if you are interested in the statistics http://www.revolts.co.uk/). The EU referendum rebellion, in October 2010 makes and excellent example. However the size of that rebellion (itself a post … Continue reading

House of Lords defeats the government on welfare reform

The House of Lords defeated three parts of the Coalition’s Welfare Bill last night. This is an excellent example of the role of the House of Lords and in the ways in which Parliament can hold the government to account. The Independent has a really good summary of what happened, with some excellent pieces of detail … Continue reading

Welfare Reform in the Lords

The Guardian have come up with this interactive guide to what the House of Lords is likely to do to the Coalition’s Welfare Bill. It’s a good example of how the Lords could amend and change Bills from the Commons and it provides you with lots of evidence about the Coalition’s ideas on the subject … Continue reading

The House of Lords

The apparently never ending saga of House of Lords reform trundles on this week. The coalitions discussion of what to do with the House of the Lords is excellent material for questions in both the Parliament topic (Reform of Parliament) and the Constitution (What still needs to be done?/ What the coalition have done/are doing?) … Continue reading

The saga of House of Lords Reform Continues

Nick Clegg’s attempts to reduce the House of Lords to 300 peers has been criticised by both peers and MPs. As well as being useful for a ‘Parliament’ question on the House of Lords, this up- to- date evidence is also ideal for questions in the Constitution topic, particularly those asking directly about the Coalition … Continue reading

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