MPs

Institutional Incentives for Dissent? Rebellion in Parliament under First-Past-the-Post

By: Kathryn Wainfan

“It would really be simpler and more economical to keep a flock of tame sheep and from time to time drive them into the division lobbies in appropriate numbers”[1] So Christopher Hollis MP notoriously lamented in 1949 because MPs so rarely voted … [Read more...] about Institutional Incentives for Dissent? Rebellion in Parliament under First-Past-the-Post

Why are suspensions from the Commons on the rise?

By: Angus Brown

Since the 2019 General Election, sixteen Members of Parliament have been suspended from the House of Commons, with some suspended for up to six weeks. Of that number, three were subsequently recalled by their constituents, and one more, the MP for … [Read more...] about Why are suspensions from the Commons on the rise?

Have MPs become ‘super-councillors’ when they should be legislators?

By: Peter Heaton-Jones

Members of Parliament are under scrutiny as never before. Social media, the 24-hour news cycle and the growth of restless political activism all conspire to ensure our elected representatives can never be off duty. These factors have another effect … [Read more...] about Have MPs become ‘super-councillors’ when they should be legislators?