Parliament

21 Mar 2017

We did it: petition for PR hits 100,000 signatures

We did it. The petition to introduce real Proportional Representation for Westminster has hit its target of 100,000 – with over two weeks to go. Thousands of you shared our blogs, tweets, emails and posts about the petition. And it’s paid off. It had about 50,000 signatures at the start of February, meaning it has surged over the past month to get it over the threshold to go before the Petitions […]
18 Nov 2016

Amid a shrinking Commons, let's stand up for the backbencher

This article was first published on Politics.co.uk A steady rise in independent-minded MPs has been a positive feature of Westminster life in recent years. Parliament has always had its share of mavericks and their ranks have been refreshed by backbenchers who entered the Commons in 2015. This Parliament Week is a time to celebrate them. But this year in particular, it’s a time to stick up for […]
17 Nov 2016

Cutting the number of MPs will have consequences. Let’s get this right

This article was first published in the Times You might have forgotten about it, but the government’s boundary review – the redrawing of the area that your MP represents – is still going ahead, and it’s happening alongside a cut to the number of MPs, from 650 to 600. We can reveal that the new limits could, if not done right, have some unexpected, and unwanted, consequences. Our research for […]
23 Jul 2015

Re-location, re-location, re-location: where should Parliament move to?

As Parliament breaks for the summer recess this week, there’s a bit of time to think about some non-legislative stuff for a change. One pretty pressing issue bubbling underneath is this: with the Palace of Westminster crumbling , where should our MPs and Lords go? Before you crack out the jokes (‘into the sea’, ‘as far away as possible’ etc. etc.) it’s a serious question. Westminster could soon […]