Graham Allen

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    Protecting even prime ministers from themselves: Why fixed-term parliaments seem a good idea

Protecting even prime ministers from themselves: Why fixed-term parliaments seem a good idea

Government runs roughshod over Parliament, as the 2017 election demonstrates. But the Fixed-term Parliaments Act remains on the statute book. Graham Allen and Andrew Blick explain what improvements can be made to the law and the democratic motivations behind them.

Whether one extracts pleasure, dismay or bewilderment from the result of the recent General Election, certain observations are clear. While […]

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    In defence of representative democracy: How I will be voting on the Article 50 bill, by Graham Allen MP

In defence of representative democracy: How I will be voting on the Article 50 bill, by Graham Allen MP

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling that an Act of Parliament will be required before the government can send its formal Article 50 notification to the Council of the European Union, Graham Allen MP explains why he will not vote for such a bill while the government’s negotiation strategy is unclear. He clarifies that his decision is not about ignoring […]

David Cameron was right when he said lobbying has tainted our politics for too long – now it is time to act

In recent years the issue of lobbying has become increasingly prominent within UK politics. However we have yet to see the serious reform that many have called for. Reflecting on the limitations of their recent consultation paper, Graham Allen MP, Chair of the Constitutional Reform Select Committee, urges that the Government enact its commitment to tackle the regulation of lobbying during this Parliament.  […]