Alexander Horne: Select Committee Powers of Enforcement – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘On 7 March 2017, the House of Commons Committee of Privileges announced a new inquiry into the exercise and enforcement of the powers of the House in relation to select committees and contempts of Parliament.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 23rd March 2017

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MPs slam funding crisis and ‘postcode lottery’ of children’s services – The Guardian

Posted March 21st, 2017 in children, local government, news, parliament, reports, social services by tracey

‘Children’s social services are being engulfed by a funding crisis in which nine out of 10 local authorities are struggling to meet their legal duties and families face a postcode lottery, a damning report has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2017

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Dozens of crimes against MPs reported – BBC News

‘A police team created to handle crimes against MPs has dealt with 53 complaints since the murder of Jo Cox.’

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BBC News, 19th March 2017

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Theresa May faces new challenge from House of Lords over Brexit – The Independent

Posted March 17th, 2017 in EC law, news, parliament, referendums by tracey

‘Labour Lords have launched a new drive to secure greater influence over Theresa May’s Brexit and secure the rights of EU citizens in the UK.’

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The Independent, 16th March 2017

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MPs set to debate changing Britain’s voting system to proportional representation – The Independent

Posted March 16th, 2017 in constitutional reform, elections, news, parliament by tracey

‘MPs are set to debate scrapping Britain’s “First Past the Post” voting system and switching to a form of proportional representation.’

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The Independent, 15th March 2017

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MPs will be banned from hiring family members at the public’s expense, IPSA says as 130 relatives of MPs could lose their jobs – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 16th, 2017 in employment, expenses, families, news, parliament by tracey

‘MPs will be banned from hiring their children and spouses on the public purse after the next election, it has been announced.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th March 2017

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Theresa May warned that Brexit is ‘heading back to the courts’ after she refuses to give MPs a ‘meaningful vote’ – The Independent

Posted March 14th, 2017 in constitutional law, constitutional reform, EC law, news, parliament, treaties by tracey

‘Theresa May has been warned that Brexit is heading back to the courts after she refused to give MPs a “meaningful vote” on any final deal.’

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The Independent, 13th March 2017

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Brexit bill: Parliament clears way for talks with EU – BBC News

Posted March 14th, 2017 in bills, EC law, news, parliament, treaties by tracey

‘Parliament has passed the Brexit bill, paving the way for the government to trigger Article 50 so the UK can leave the European Union.’

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BBC News, 14th March 2017

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Inquiry finds peers claiming £300 a day for no work – but it is axed to avoid ‘press storm’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 14th, 2017 in expenses, inquiries, news, parliament, peerages & dignities by tracey

‘A probe into peers who enjoy House of Lords perks without doing any work was dropped to avoid a “press storm”, a former lord speaker has admitted.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th March 2017

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New crackdown to be launched on jobs for MPs’ wives and family for fear of Fillon-style scandal – Daily Telegraph

‘MPs are to be hit with tougher restrictions on employing their wives and children amid concern of a François Fillon-style scandal in Britain, The Sunday Telegraph understands.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th March 2017

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Brexit bill faces last rebel push to guarantee final vote in parliament – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2017 in amendments, bills, EC law, news, parliament, political parties, treaties by sally

‘The government faces a last push from rebel backbenchers to guarantee a final vote in parliament on any Brexit deal before the triggering of article 50, with concerns coalescing around what would happen if no agreement was reached with the EU.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2017

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Rosie Slowe: Reflections on the ‘Three Knights Opinion’ and Article 50 TEU – UK Human Rights Blog

‘On 17 February 2017, Bindmans LLP published an Opinion solicited from several leading authorities on EU law concerning Article 50 TEU. The so-dubbed ‘Three Knights Opinion’ put forward compelling legal arguments in support of why an Act of Parliament at the end of the Article 50 negotiation process is necessary in order to ensure that Brexit occurs in accordance with domestic and, by extension, EU law. These contentions, and Professor Elliot’s rebuttal, warrant careful consideration.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th March 2017

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Mark Elliott and Stephen Tierney: The ‘Great Repeal Bill’ and Delegated Powers – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘A good deal of the legal and constitutional interest generated by Brexit has so far, perhaps unsurprisingly, focussed upon the very beginning of the withdrawal process. Initially, all eyes were on the courts, with the Supreme Court holding in R (Miller) v Secretary of State for the European Union [2017] UKSC 5 that the Article 50 mechanism can be activated only with Parliament’s legislative blessing. As a result of that landmark judgment, attention has now switched to Parliament, through which the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is presently passing.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 7th March 2017

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Assisted Dying: Lords Debate – Law & Religion UK

Posted March 9th, 2017 in assisted suicide, bills, euthanasia, news, parliament by sally

‘On 6 March 2017, the House of Lords held a short debate on assisted dying. Baroness Jay of Paddington asked Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they had made of recent legislation on assisted dying in North America; and whether those laws provide an appropriate basis for legislation in England and Wales.’

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Law & Religion UK, 9th March 2017

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Brexit: Government suffers second defeat in Lords – BBC News

Posted March 8th, 2017 in amendments, bills, EC law, news, parliament, referendums, treaties, veto by tracey

‘The government has suffered a second Brexit defeat in the House of Lords as peers backed, by 366 votes to 268, calls for a “meaningful” parliamentary vote on the final terms of withdrawal.’

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BBC News, 7th March 2017

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Government faces Lords defeat over registration of student voters – The Guardian

Posted March 6th, 2017 in amendments, bills, electoral register, news, parliament, universities by sally

‘The government is facing another defeat in the Lords over student voter registration a day before crucial Brexit legislation returns to the upper chamber.’

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The Guardian, 6th March 2017

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Ministers urged to protect rights of EU citizens in UK – BBC News

Posted March 6th, 2017 in EC law, freedom of movement, human rights, news, parliament, treaties by sally

‘The UK should make a unilateral decision to safeguard the rights of EU nationals living in the UK, according to a cross-party group of MPs.’

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BBC News, 5th March 2017

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House of Lords drops tough new rule to kick out members who misbehave after opposition from peers – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 3rd, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, news, parliament, peerages & dignities by tracey

‘Tough new rules to kick misbehaving peers out of the House of Lords have been dropped because of opposition from members of the un-elected second chamber.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd March 2017

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What happens now peers have voted to amend the Brexit Bill? – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 2nd, 2017 in amendments, bills, EC law, news, parliament, treaties by sally

‘Peers in the House of Lords have voted to amend European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, which if passed by Parliament will allow the UK to start formal talks about leaving the EU.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st March 2017

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Davor Jancic: A Very Parliamentary Brexit: Satire in Two Acts – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted February 24th, 2017 in devolution, EC law, news, parliament, referendums, veto by sally

‘Brexit is a very parliamentary affair. The reason is that both the UK Parliament, the European Parliament and, in all likelihood, each of the parliaments of the EU Member States will have veto powers over the terms of Brexit. This gives them ample opportunities to influence the course of negotiations. Unless the wishes of all of these parliamentary bodies are accommodated, it will be a rather ‘hard’ Brexit indeed. This commentary examines the role of parliaments in the UK’s yet-to-be-triggered exit from the EU.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 23rd February 2017

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