Labour’s attempts to replace two select committee members who have quit the party to sit as independent MPs would be a worrying reassertion of the power of the party whips over the select committee system, warns Dr Hannah White.
Philip Hammond is poised to use his Spring Statement to once again dangle the prospect of a Brexit “deal dividend” in front of MPs. At best the Chancellor would be offering no more than a temporary fillip, argues Dr Gemma Tetlow.
How will current Commons rules allow the Independent Group of MPs to operate? Dr Alice Lilly argues that whether it remains an informal grouping or becomes a new party, it will still face big challenges in accessing political party privileges.
Parliament is trying to take greater control of the Brexit process. To do this MPs are searching for ways to have more say over the control of parliamentary business—something that largely rests with the Government. But, says Dr Alice Lilly, these proposals really reflect broader concern over who controls the Order Paper.