Constitutional conventions

What Happens When Transparent Government Conflicts With Collective Responsibility?

By: Cassandra Somers-Joce

The principle of collective responsibility exists in tension with transparent government. The former tends towards preserving the confidentiality of Cabinet decisions and the latter requires governmental action to be open to examination, scrutiny and … [Read more...] about What Happens When Transparent Government Conflicts With Collective Responsibility?

Leaving the ECHR: A Realistic and Viable Proposal? 

By: Jane Richards

Last month, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told The Sun’s Harry Cole that Britain would leave the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) if it would help to prevent the arrival of small boats of asylum seekers. Sunak said, “I believe that border … [Read more...] about Leaving the ECHR: A Realistic and Viable Proposal? 

The Post Office Bill: Constitutionally Unusual, but not Inappropriate

By: Kate Dewsnip

Less than a week after the broadcast of the ITV drama, Mr Bates vs. The Post Office, the Government announced new legislation intended to quash the convictions of hundreds of Post Office employees who were wrongly prosecuted and convicted of … [Read more...] about The Post Office Bill: Constitutionally Unusual, but not Inappropriate

The Rwanda bill: A constitutional tipping point? 

By: Stuart Wallace

Introduction In late 2023, the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) handed down their judgment in the case of R (SAA) v Secretary of State for the Home Department. In a unanimous judgment, the UKSC held that the Home Secretary’s policy that certain people … [Read more...] about The Rwanda bill: A constitutional tipping point? 

Towards the codification of war powers?

By: David Klemperer

Last month, Rishi Sunak’s decision to conduct airstrikes against the Houthis in Yemen sparked significant debate – not only about the merits of such actions, but also about their constitutionality. Several opposition politicians – including Scottish … [Read more...] about Towards the codification of war powers?

The pre-election period: Purdah on the dancefloor 

By: Alys Thomas

Introduction  The latest date the next UK General Election can be held is 28 January 2025. That must be called before 17 December 2024, when the Prime Minister must ask the Monarch to dissolve Parliament. The ‘pre-election period’ (previously … [Read more...] about The pre-election period: Purdah on the dancefloor 

Bring on the Goats: ‘Outsider’ ministers are a good idea: their peerages are otiose

By: Nat le Roux

The unexpected resurrection of David Cameron’s political career in the closing weeks of 2023 reopened a long-standing constitutional controversy. There is a convention that all government ministers must sit in either the Commons or the Lords, … [Read more...] about Bring on the Goats: ‘Outsider’ ministers are a good idea: their peerages are otiose

Balancing accountability and stability: A comparison of 2022 Executive Resignations in the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka

By: Binendri Perera

In November of 2023 I was delighted to be appointed as a Research Fellow for the Constitution Society. My work for the Society will compare the operation of constitutions in the UK and Sri Lanka. In this blog, I explore the interactions between … [Read more...] about Balancing accountability and stability: A comparison of 2022 Executive Resignations in the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka

Choosing party leaders

By: Alys Thomas

Introduction This is a blog about the constitutional issues at stake when it comes to the self-selecting memberships of political parties choosing party leaders and thus Prime Ministers.[1] As this blog is being drafted, there is some … [Read more...] about Choosing party leaders

The transformation of collective responsibility

By: Laura Gherman

Collective responsibility is a constitutional convention which has existed since the eighteenth century aiming to unite ministers so that they speak with one voice when facing a monarch and the public. The principles behind this convention were born … [Read more...] about The transformation of collective responsibility

The police and the constitution

By: Elijah Granet

The defenestration of Suella Braverman from the Home Office, after the Fareham MP wrote a wildcat Times article criticising the police’s handling of pro-Palestinian protests, has highlighted the delicate and ill-defined relationship between the … [Read more...] about The police and the constitution

Jobs for the boys: The exceptional Lord Cameron of Chipping Norton

By: Seán Patrick Griffin

In its response to the Public Administration Select Committee’s 2010 report, Goats and Tsars: Ministerial and other appointments from outside Parliament, the UK Government (led at the time by Prime Minister David Cameron) agreed with the … [Read more...] about Jobs for the boys: The exceptional Lord Cameron of Chipping Norton