On toeing the party line

There has been a fair bit of attention paid to the number of “rebellious” backbenchers in the current UK Parliament. By rebellious, I mean backbenchers who defy the party whip and vote against their own party. Most of the focus has been on Coalition backbenchers who have voted against the Coalition government. Since last May, there have been 110 such rebellions by Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs. Coalition MPs have rebelled on 52% of votes. However, Labour too has seen its fair share of rebellious members, with 37 rebellions by Labour MPs on 20% of all Commons votes. There is even a website dedicated to tracking MP rebellions (the source for the above statistics). Over at ConservativeHome, Jonathan Isaby has […]

More UK Committee links

I am continuing to follow the hearings of both the House of Lords’ Constitution Committee and the House of Commons’ Political and Constitutional Reform Committee. The HOL Committee is currently studying the matter of fixed term parliaments, as they consider the Fixed Term Parliaments bill, while the HOC Committee is conducting a more general investigation into the matter of coalition formation to see if there are lessons to be learned from what transpired in May. I’ve previously shared with readers a couple of videos, one from the HOL and one from the HOC. There are a couple more that I will point you to, if interested, but I won’t embed them on my blog. In the HOC Committee video that […]

Fixed-term parliaments

I am rather busy these days and so don’t have the luxury of time to work on an original post, so please forgive me for spamming you with videos! This is a meeting of the House of Lords Constitution Committee examining the issue of fixed-term parliaments. Of special interest (maybe) for Canadians is that one of the witnesses is Henry Milner, a professor at Vanier College and Université Laval (but currently based in Sweden). It’s a very interesting discussion, with lots of Canadian content, so if you have a spare two hours, give it a listen. Related Posts:Other reforms of Parliament are more urgently needed than electoral reformOn forcing out a party leaderThe length of two swordsFixing Ottawa: CommitteesMore UK […]

Inquiry into government and coalition formation

The UK House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee has decided that it will look into how the current Coalition Government came about. I am not certain if this is a result of some of the revelations that came to light in the BBC special “Five Days that Changed Britain“, but this BBC article certainly gives the impression that this might be the case. According to the article, the Committee wants to examine if undue pressure was put on then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown to resign, how policies that weren’t part of either the Conservative Party’s or the Liberal Democrats’ manifestos ended up in the Coalition agreement and “wants to know the implications of the fact that this and other policies […]