Debating the Effectiveness of House of Commons Departmental Select Committees in Informing the House

Debating the Effectiveness of House of Commons Departmental Select Committees in Informing the House

Stephen Holden Bates (University of Birmingham), Mark Goodwin (Coventry University), Steve McKay (University of Lincoln) and Wang Leung Ting (LSE) discuss the impact of departmental select committee work on business in the House of Commons chamber.

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Representing Women, Women Representing: A Corpus Analysis of Backbench Questions during Prime Minister’s Questions, 1979-2010

Representing Women, Women Representing: A Corpus Analysis of Backbench Questions during Prime Minister’s Questions, 1979-2010

Stephen Holden Bates (University of Birmingham) and Alison Sealey (Lancaster University) explore the relationship between changes in the proportion of female MPs in the House of Commons and changes in the frequency of representative claims about women specifically and constituency matters more broadly at PMQs.

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Spies in Parliament: not as unusual as you might think

Spies in Parliament: not as unusual as you might think

Following reports that Rory Stewart, a former contender for the Conservative leadership was once a member of the Secret Intelligence Service, Andrew Defty of ParliLinc, discusses the history of spies in Parliament.

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