Tag Archive for coalition government

Changing constitutional conventions

Lord Norton

The Constitution Committee of the House has today published its report on Constitutional implications of coalition government.  You can read the report here.  Among its recommendations are that as far as possible the convention of collective responsibility should continue to apply under a coalition government and that, where parties in a coalition cannot agree, there should…

An Early Election?

lordknight

Today is polling day for national elections in Wales & Scotland, council elections in much of England, the Leicester South by-election, and the Referendum on a new electoral system for the House of Commons. As all the political commentators are saying, it is the first major electoral test of the coalition; and all the parties…

Read all about it

Baroness Deech

The Crossman Diaries, published in the mid 1970s, broke convention by publishing accounts of confidential Cabinet discussions.  In the event, the courts did not stop their publication, but until recently there was a rule that secret government papers, including cabinet papers, could not be made public until 30 years had passed.  This has been reduced to 20 years…

Not so inbuilt

Lord Norton

It is variously claimed that the combination of Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties in the House of Lords provides the coalition with an inbuilt majority.  It has not proven so inbuilt as to protect the Government from defeat.  In yesterday’s proceedings on Report stage of the Public Bodies Bill, there were three votes and the Government lost…