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What is the Chancellor’s Autumn statement?

This week the Chancellor of the Exchequer will deliver his Autumn Statement. It forms part of three set-piece debates which punctuate the parliamentary year, alongside the debate on the Queen’s Speech and the Budget. It is striking that two of those, the Autumn … Continue reading

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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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Select committee divisions on airstrikes in Syria

The lengthy House of Commons debate and subsequent vote on air strikes in Syria revealed significant divisions both between and within parties. There were two votes in the House of Commons last night the first, on a cross-party amendment which sought to … Continue reading

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List of Parliamentary Private Secretaries: a reply from No.10

Two weeks ago I wrote a post about my frustration at being unable to find a list of Parliamentary Private Secretaries. The coalition government had published a list in 2010 but this has never been updated. On the suggestion of the House … Continue reading

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