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Meg Russell gives evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee

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Meg evidence at PCRC - 270613

Meg Russell gave evidence today at a meeting of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee on the next steps to be taken in reforming the House of Lords. You can watch the evidence here and read the transcript here. Meg's written evidence to the committee can be read here.

Meg Russell & Tony Wright give evidence to Procedure Committee about Public Bill Committees

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Evidence on Commons legislative committees - resized

Within days of publication of our report Fitting the Bill: Bringing Commons Legislation Committees into Line with Best Practice, the House of Commons Procedure Committee announced a new inquiry into the constitution and membership of public bill committees. See here.

The first witnesses were the Unit's Meg Russell (lead author of the report), along with Professor Tony Wright (also of the School of Public Policy, UCL, and a former MP and chair of the Reform of the House of Commons committee 2009-10). The session made extensive reference to the report and its recommendations, discussing issues such as how members of public bill committees are chosen (and suggestions that the Committee of Selection might be reformed, and/or its proposals be put to the chamber for approval), and the merits of larger-scale reform such as moving towards permanent, specialist legislation committees of the kind that exist in many other parliaments.

The session can be watched here

Press Release: Commons bill committees 'left behind', says Constitution Unit report

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A new report from the Constitution Unit highlights how House of Commons bill committees are out of step with their overseas comparators, and have been increasingly left behind in the process of parliamentary reform. While the Commons select committees have gone from strength to strength, bill committees are subject to much complaint, and are now ripe for reform.

Press Release: Constitution Unit report to call for reform of Commons legislation committees

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A report being launched in the Commons next Monday by the Constitution Unit calls for a shakeup of the 'public bill committees' that deal with government legislation. It follows a project funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, which looked at what the House of Commons can learn from legislation committees in other parliaments. Two senior parliamentarians will speak at the launch, along with the report lead author.

Dr Bob Morris in the News - Prince Charles and Charities

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Bob Morris has been quoted in the press on how Prince Charles would have to withdraw from a front line role in his charities when he becomes king.

The Independent - Charities fear funding crisis after accession of Charles to throne (02/06/2013)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/charities-fear-funding-crisis-after-accession-of-charles-to-throne-8641428.html

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Was the 2015 election the most disproportional ever? It depends how you measure it

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:00:54 +0000

The 2015 election has been described as both one of the most disproportional elections ever and one of the least. Alan Renwick discusses the notion of electoral disproportionality and weighs up the relative merits of the different indexes that have been developed to measure it. In a report published earlier this month, the Electoral Reform […]

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The age of the new Parliament

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:05:31 +0000

The 2015 general election saw the election of the youngest MP since 1832. Chrysa Lamprinakou draws on Parliamentary Candidates UK data to highlight the slow but steady downward shift in the age at which MPs start their careers and the variation across parties. In our previous blog, we discussed the new Parliament’s composition in terms of gender […]

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The Conservative government’s Scotland bill

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:00:34 +0000

The Scotland Bill has been introduced early, facilitated by the fact the coalition government published draft clauses in January. Alan Trench writes that implements the proposals of the Smith Commission, and although it appears to be a done deal, it is likely to be challenged by the SNP. This article is taken from the latest edition […]

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