MPs to scrutinise cost of parliament restoration works – BBC News

Posted January 16th, 2017 in inquiries, listed buildings, news, parliament, repairs, reports, select committees by sally

‘MPs have launched an inquiry into the planned renovation of the Palace of Westminster amid concerns it may not provide value for money.’

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BBC News, 15th January 2017

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Women should make up at least 45% of MPs by law, say Commons equalities committee – The Independent

Posted January 10th, 2017 in equality, news, parliament, reports, women by sally

‘Parties ‘must be held to account for reducing this democratic deficit’, according to the Women and Equalities Committee, chaired by former Culture Secretary Maria Miller.’

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The Independent, 10th January 2017

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Keir Starmer gagged in Commons debate on victims’ law – The Guardian

Posted January 10th, 2017 in bills, news, parliament, victims by sally

‘Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary and former director of public prosecutions, is being prevented by parliamentary rules from speaking in a debate about the rights of crime victims.’

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The Guardian, 9th Janaury 2017

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Committee aims for smaller House of Lords – BBC News

Posted December 21st, 2016 in news, parliament by tracey

‘A cross-party group of peers has been set up to come up with ways to reduce the size of the House of Lords.’

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BBC News, 20th December 2016

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David Howarth: On Parliamentary Silence – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted December 13th, 2016 in constitutional law, EC law, news, parliament, referendums, royal prerogative, treaties by sally

‘One of the most striking aspects of the arguments of counsel in Miller, as Rachel Jones has pointed out, was how much the disagreement between the parties focussed on the meaning of silence. The government’s case boiled down to an assertion that silence on the issue of whether legislation was needed to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty of European Union in a succession of statutes – the European Communities Act 1972, the Referendum Act 1975, the European Union (Amendment) Act 2008, the European Union Act 2011 and the European Union Referendum Act 2015 – should be interpreted as parliament intending that the government was permitted to use the prerogative to invoke Article 50. For example, counsel for the government repeatedly argued that because some of these statutes, especially the 2008 and 2011 Acts, put restrictions on the exercise of the government’s foreign affairs prerogative power, it must follow that those statutes mean that other aspects of the prerogative must have been intended to have been left unfettered. Expressio unius exclusio alterius. On the other side, the applicants argued that parliament’s silence, especially in the 1972 Act, meant that it intended a specific pre-existing rule to apply, namely the rule that ministers could not use the prerogative, and in particular the foreign affairs prerogative, to change the law. They also argued that parliament’s subsequent silence in the other statutes confirmed that original choice.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 13th December 2016

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Hansard: Official transcript of speeches in Parliament – BBC News

Posted December 13th, 2016 in news, parliament by sally

‘The official edited transcript of what goes on in Parliament is published daily and details both the momentous occasions and the quieter moments in the Commons.’

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BBC News, 12th December 2016

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Lawyer urges supreme court to throw out Brexit case after article 50 vote – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2016 in constitutional law, news, parliament, prerogative powers, Supreme Court, trials by sally

‘The supreme court has been urged to throw out a momentous legal challenge to the government’s powers to trigger Brexit, with Downing Street lawyers claiming parliament’s support for exiting the EU was conclusively demonstrated this week.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2016

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‘Pathetic and puerile’ racist convicted of harassing MP Luciana Berger – The Independent

Posted December 8th, 2016 in freedom of expression, harassment, internet, news, parliament, racism by tracey

‘A racist serial internet troll has been found guilty of harassing MP Luciana Berger in a string of anti-Jewish rants sent after the jailing of a fellow far-right extremist.’

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The Independent, 7th December 2016

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House of Lords to debate reducing number of peers after David Cameron’s ‘profligate’ appointments – The Independent

Posted December 5th, 2016 in news, parliament, peerages & dignities by sally

‘While Lord Cormack refused to place a number on the amount of peers the Lords should have, he said the upper chamber ‘should be no bigger than the Commons’.’

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The Independent, 3rd December 2016

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Everything you need to know about the Supreme Court judgment on Brexit – The Independent

Posted December 5th, 2016 in EC law, news, parliament, prerogative powers, referendums, Supreme Court, treaties by sally

‘The Government’s challenge against the High Court ruling that parliamentary approval is required to start the process of leaving the European Union will be hard tomorrow.’

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The Independent, 4th December 2016

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The judges protect us. It’s time to stand up for them – The Guardian

‘Brexiteers and their media allies have declared war on our judiciary. On behalf of the people, the supreme court must push back.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2016

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Senior judges prepare to hear Brexit supreme court appeal – The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2016 in EC law, news, parliament, prerogative powers, referendums, Supreme Court, treaties by sally

‘All 11 of the UK’s most senior judges will take their seats on the supreme court bench on Monday to decide whether parliament or the government has the authority to trigger Brexit.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2016

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Art 50: the clash of the Brexit case arguments – New Law Journal

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in constitutional law, EC law, news, parliament, prerogative powers, referendums, treaties by sally

‘Michael Zander QC reviews the written cases of the government & the lead claimants in next week’s Supreme Court hearing.’

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New Law Journal, 1st December 2016

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Thomas Poole: Losing our Religion? Public Law and Brexit – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Prerogative is the enemy of the people. This has been settled as matter of law for a very long time. The constitutional settlement of 1688 made a decision for responsible and representative government. We have had no constitutional moment of similar magnitude since. All constitutional changes – some very significant – have taken place within that foundational structure. The Bill of Rights treats prerogative as the antithesis of good government. Its primary target is a range of extra-legal powers hitherto asserted by the King, pride of place being given to the power to dispense with laws and the power to suspend Acts of Parliament.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 2nd December 2016

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Why our 21st century democracy needs the spirit of 1647 – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in EC law, news, parliament, prerogative powers, referendums, treaties by sally

‘The article 50 supreme court hearings won’t solve our systemic crisis. We need a new way to connect people and state.’

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2016

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Eric King and Daniella Lock: Investigatory Powers Bill: Key Changes Made by the Lords – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted December 1st, 2016 in bills, investigatory powers, media, news, parliament, privacy, warrants by sally

‘What was formerly known as the Investigatory Powers Bill has received Royal Assent and is now the Investigatory Powers Act. The Bill was first published in draft form in November 2015 (- for a very helpful analysis of the Bill at this stage, please read Dr Tom Hickman’s blog). The passage of the Bill through Parliament, after it was it was introduced in March this year, took just under nine months. Amendments made by the House of Commons were described as ‘largely technical or minor drafting amendments’. Consequently, for all those hoping to see significant changes made to the legislation, a lot hung on the Bill’s amendments during its passage through the Lords.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 1st December 2016

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MPs are sexually assaulting young staff members in Parliament, MP claims – The Independent

Posted November 30th, 2016 in complaints, news, parliament, sexual offences, whistleblowers by tracey

‘A Labour MP has called for a whistle-blowing service to be set up for staff who are sexually assaulted by MPs, in order to help them come forward.’

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The Independent, 29th November 2016

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What is Article 127 – and why could it be central to Brexit? – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 29th, 2016 in EC law, news, parliament, referendums, treaties by sally

‘Theresa May has claimed that the Government’s plans for Brexit are “on track”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th November 2016

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Further reforms are needed to strengthen the powers of English MPs, says study – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 28th, 2016 in devolution, EC law, news, parliament, referendums, veto by tracey

‘Further reforms are needed to strengthen the powers of English MPs in Westminster, a new study has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th November 2016

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Jo Cox: Man jailed for ‘terrorist’ murder of MP – BBC News

Posted November 24th, 2016 in murder, news, parliament, sentencing, terrorism by tracey

‘Thomas Mair has been jailed for life after being found guilty of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2016

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