Author Archives: Andrew Defty

Irrelevant questions undermine the value of PMQs

This post first appeared on the blog of the Parliaments and Legislatures study group of the UK Political Studies Association. The weekly Prime Minister’s Questions is undoubtedly an important mechanism for holding the government to account. The requirement that the … Continue reading

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Ed Balls and a defence of sledging at PMQs

Prime Minister’s Questions is one of the most extraordinary Parliamentary spectacles at Westminster, if not the world. Every week, while Parliament is sitting, the Prime Minister must come to Parliament and subject themselves to thirty minutes, (in recent times quite … Continue reading

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Cameron’s gone. What will he do and what is his legacy?

A slightly shorter version of this article was published in The Lincolnshire Echo. _________________________________ In a period of political upheaval David Cameron’s announcement that he is leaving the House of Commons with ‘immediate effect’ is not the most surprising news … Continue reading

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Not too late for an informed debate on EU membership

This article first appeared in ‘The Business’ supplement to The Lincolnshire Echo, June 2016. The European Union has changed beyond all recognition from the economic community Britain joined in 1973. It is now an economic and political union with a … Continue reading

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Have Police and Crime Commissioners been value for money?

This post first appeared on The New Statesman’s staggers blog, and also in The Lincolnshire Echo. Next month voters in England and Wales will go to the polls to elect Police and Crime Commissioners. The first PCC elections which took … Continue reading

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