Professor Meg Russell of UCL’s The Constitution Unit delivered a talk today on the topic of “Does Parliament Matter?” The event was live-streamed, and the podcast will be available on iTunes U late next week. I was trying to take notes while watching the live-stream, and was rather less successful at that than I might have hoped. However, I did managed to jot down a few key points that she made, and after debating whether to wait until the podcast was available so that I could re-listen to her talk to make sure I didn’t miss something, I’ve decided to go ahead and share some of the points she made. The theme of the talk, “Does Parliament Matter” in part […]
If it is clear that the government has the support of its backbenchers, the Lords will be more willing to give in on certain points. If, however, it is clear that there is dissension in the backbench ranks, it is ministers who will be compromising with the House of Lords.