04 May 2017

Commons select committees had more than 300 parliamentary inquiries into government policy and spending underway when the election was called. Dr Hannah White says the unexpected election will inevitably disrupt committee scrutiny of government.

21 April 2017

Since this week’s General Election vote, many have argued that the Fixed-term Parliaments Act is pointless. Dr Catherine Haddon says that it shows the Act is working as intended.

19 April 2017

Once a snap election is triggered, a series of formal and informal processes begin. Dr Catherine Haddon explains the effect the election will have on parliamentary and government business.

18 April 2017

Theresa May has called an early general election despite previously ruling it out. Bronwen Maddox looks at the factors that will have influenced her decision. 

18 April 2017

Today’s news that the Prime Minister will seek an early general election is just the latest twist in the ever-entertaining soap opera of contemporary British politics. Akash Paun wonders what impact this will have in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

11 April 2017

A bill to reduce homelessness is about to become law. Sophie Wilson examines the unique role played by a Commons select committee in helping it succeed against the odds.

23 March 2017

As negotiations on establishing a devolved government in Northern Ireland continue, the deadline for a deal inches ever closer. Aron Cheung says Northern Ireland could head back to the polls if no agreement is reached by Monday.

14 March 2017

Nicola Sturgeon confirmed she would seek a second referendum on Scottish independence. Akash Paun explains what happens next.

07 March 2017

Last week’s election in Northern Ireland has resulted in unionists, for the first time ever, losing their majority in the devolved Assembly at Stormont. Aron Cheung says the result will impact the government in Northern Ireland and the UK as a whole.

14 February 2017

Figures from the Select Committee Data Archive Project reveal that women are still outnumbered on Commons select committees, despite a steady increase of female MPs in Westminster. Sophie Wilson looks at the numbers on gender balance of select committees since 1979 and what they mean for parliamentary scrutiny.

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