The coalition agreement on constitutional reform

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The coalition agreement on constitutional reform

  1. 1. L2.13: Constitutional Reform 2 The coalition agreement on constitutional reform The following information is available to download from L2.12 as a handout for students to read through. (Coalition article) Parliamentary reform: ● ● ● ● ● A move to 5 year fixed term parliaments an roughly equal electoral districts Recall of MPs where 10% of constituents call for a ballot State funding for all-party ‘primary elections’ in seats that have not changed hands for some time. A commitment to implement the proposals of the Wright Committee in full A new upper chamber, to be wholly or mainly elected under a PR system. Electoral reform ● A Referendum Bill to authorise a public vote on the adoption of the AV system for use in elections to the Westminster Parliament. Democracy and Participation ● Measures gaining the support of a petition of 100,000 voters to become eligible for debate in parliament. ● The petition carrying the largest number of signatures to be tabled as a bill. ● A new ‘public reading stage’ for bills, allowing the members of the general public to comment on bills online. ● Residents given the power to initiate local referendums on any local issue. ● Voters to be given the power to veto excessive Council Tax rises. Devolution ● Implement the recommendations of the Calman Commission in Scotland ● Hold a referendum on further devolution in Wales ● Review the basis of devolution funding ● A commission to investigate the West Lothian Question

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