A ‘dual mandate’ English Parliament: some key questions of institutional design

A ‘dual mandate’ English Parliament: some key questions of institutional design

In the latest blog from our Legislatures in Uncertain Times conference, Meg Russell and Jack Sheldon discuss the model for a dual mandate English Parliament and ask whether what it proposes is a parliament at all.

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The Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee: a committee in decline?

The Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee: a committee in decline?

What’s happened to the Intelligence and Security Committee? In a new blog, based on his paper at our Legislatures in Uncertain Times conferenceAndrew Defty, University of Lincoln, discusses delays, a reduced public presence, and decreasing powers, and questions whether the ISC is in decline. 

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Report of the Lord Speaker’s Committee on the size of the House of Lords: a real opportunity for progress on reform

Report of the Lord Speaker’s Committee on the size of the House of Lords: a real opportunity for progress on reform

The Lord Speaker’s Committee on the Size of the House of Lords, has recommended moving to a chamber of no more than 600 members, appointed for 15-year terms. This follows years of controversy about the growing size of the Lords, which currently stands at over 800. In a post originally published on The Constitution UnitSir David Beamish, formerly the most senior official in the House of Lords, argues that the proposals offer the best opportunity for years for some small progress on the knotty issue of Lords reform.

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