Tag: Louise Thompson

Confidence motions, humble addresses and amendments: Brexit’s procedural dilemmas

Confidence motions, humble addresses and amendments: Brexit’s procedural dilemmas

Brexit has revealed some of the tools that govern the legislative process and how these interact with party politics. Louise Thompson summarises the key procedural dilemmas faced in the Commons so far, and explains why things could get even more complicated in 2019.

Incorrect assumptions about bill committees can damage perceptions of the policy influencing power of Parliament

Incorrect assumptions about bill committees can damage perceptions of the policy influencing power of Parliament

Bill committees play a crucial role in the scrutiny of government legislation, yet they have traditionally been overlooked by academics and journalists in favour of the more newsworthy aspects of parliamentary scrutiny. In this article, Louise Thompson challenges the myths about bill committees that have developed from the lack of interest. Similar PostsGender diversity among […]

The best of Democratic Audit’s 2015 General Election coverage

The best of Democratic Audit’s 2015 General Election coverage

The 2015 election result took almost everyone by surprise, with the Conservatives winning a narrow majority despite predictions of another hung parliament or a minority government. In addition to contributing to LSE’s General Election live-blog, Democratic Audit offered a wide range of pre- and post- election analysis. Catch up with some of the best below.  […]

Book Review: Making British Law: Committees in Action by Louise Thompson

Book Review: Making British Law: Committees in Action by Louise Thompson

In Making British Law: Committees in Action, Louise Thompson presents a history and statistical analysis of the work of bill committees – formerly known as standing committees – and their influence over the process of making British law. Thompson offers a well-evidenced argument that goes beyond the statistics to persuasively account for the role and importance […]

EVEL intentions, or a necessary solution? Experts respond to the Government’s English Votes for English Laws proposals

EVEL intentions, or a necessary solution? Experts respond to the Government’s English Votes for English Laws proposals

The Leader of the House of Commons, Chris Grayling, last week announced the introduction of English Votes for English Laws – a new constitutional settlement to provide an answer to the “West Lothian Questions”. Democratic Audit asked experts Andrew Blick, Louise Thompson, Alan Trench, and Akash Paun to give their take on the proposals.  Similar PostsThe […]

“A significant loss to UK democracy”: Experts respond to the abolition of the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee

“A significant loss to UK democracy”: Experts respond to the abolition of the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee

The incoming majority Conservative government has opted to abolish the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, which unlike the other commons committees does not exist on a statutory basis. Democratic Audit UK asked experts and practitioners to respond to the news, who are united in considering it a foolhardy decision which will do little to […]

EVEL, Brexit, and the SNP: what does the 2015 election mean for the House of Commons?

EVEL, Brexit, and the SNP: what does the 2015 election mean for the House of Commons?

The Conservatives shocked everyone by winning a small majority at the 2015 General Election, despite predictions of a hung parliament and the possibility of constitutional wrangling over who had legitimacy to form the next Government. As they bed down for another five years, Louise Thompson looks at what their unexpected victory means for parliament, focussing […]

While far from perfect, the work of bill committees should not be underestimated

While far from perfect, the work of bill committees should not be underestimated

A recent article on Democratic Audit UK by the authors of a report by the think tank Reform argued that bill committees in the House of Commons carry out inadequate scrutiny of legislation. Here, Louise Thompson responds, arguing that bill committees aren’t as ineffective as the Reform authors suggest, and questions whether their suggestion to […]

We shouldn’t focus solely on the Syria vote when assessing Parliament’s power over military deployments

We shouldn’t focus solely on the Syria vote when assessing Parliament’s power over military deployments

In August 2013, the House of Commons rejected a Government proposal to intervene in Syria following that country’s regime’s use of chemical weapons. The vote proved to be most consequential, with some arguing that it led to the United States ultimately withdrawing its proposals to lead the campaign against the Syrian tyrant Bashar Al-Assad. Louise […]

Democracy is the biggest loser when parliament descends into farce

Democracy is the biggest loser when parliament descends into farce

 A recent House of Commons debate saw confusion reign over a Government motion on the European Arrest Warrant, with proceedings very quickly descending into farce. Louise Thompson argues that when this kind of shenanigans takes hold of Parliament, it is little wonder that people see MPs are being untrustworthy, partisan, and self-serving, with British democracy the […]