Parliament and the political process

Dissolving a Civil Partnership: the Home Civil Service after Independence

, 29 August 2014

At present, almost 44,000 civil servants are working in Scotland: 27,000 for UK Government departments and around 17,000 for the Scottish Government. It is not clear what will happen to these civil servants in the event of independence.

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Commons divisions

, 29 August 2014

The normal tranquillity of Westminster in August has been broken this year by a rumbling row over the appointment of the next Clerk of the House. The interviews for the top official in the House of Commons were completed in July. But the final stage of the process, whereby the name of the candidate...

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No longer just big party dominance

, 28 August 2014

Douglas Carswell’s defection to UKIP and his decision to fight a by-election is a reminder that the UK now has a multi-party system – even though Westminster and Whitehall have only partially conceded the shift. We still largely live in the mindset in English national politics – even if not in European and mayoral...

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Guest blog: A new Magna Carta?

, 28 August 2014

2015 will see the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta—one of the most important constitutional documents in history. The Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, which I chair, has been looking forwards, rather than back, by working on a major project with King’s College London to ask whether the UK needs a codified constitution and...

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The Prime Minister must ensure that he gets a chief executive at the centre

, 15 July 2014

The idea of appointing a full-time chief executive to lead the Civil Service is correct – provided the responsibilities and authority match the role. There are worrying signs in yesterday’s announcement that they will not, and we may have the second muddled reorganisation in three years.

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Government reshuffle 2014 – live-blog

, 15 July 2014

The latest data on the reshuffle from the Institute’s Whitehall Monitor team. Follow the conversation on twitter @instituteforgov, @GavinFreeguard, @caraghnimmo and #WhitehallMonitor.

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New blood for select committees

, 19 June 2014

The Commons select committee system has just received a further injection of new blood in the person of former GP, and Conservative back-bencher, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP. What does her election as the new Chair of the health select committee tell us about the way the system is changing?

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No means what? Proposals for further devolution after Scotland’s referendum

, 19 June 2014

As the independence referendum draws near, the three pro-Union parties have published a joint statement in support of further devolution in the event of a no vote on 18 September. This follows the publication of separate proposals by the three parties over recent months. The joint statement highlighted the areas of crossover between the...

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Job vacancy: Clerk of the House of Commons

, 5 June 2014

Should you apply? To help you decide, here’s a look at a few of the challenges you might face… 1. Negotiating the parliamentary fall-out of the end of coalition: Thanks to the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 it seems increasingly likely the Coalition will make it to the end of its full five- year term....

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Zombie Parliament? Some dead good legislation data

, 4 June 2014

There has been much talk lately of Parliament morphing into a so called ‘zombie Parliament’, devoid of legislative impetus and lacking in fresh law-making ideas. But is the narrative of a Government fast running out of legislative steam borne out by the data?

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