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A Politics Teacher based in Surrey.

Why was Jeremy Corbyn suspended what might its significance be?

Jeremy Corbyn has sensationally had the Labour Whip withdrawn.

On Thursday Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party from 2015 until 2020, was sensationally suspended from the Labour Party and had the Labour Whip withdrawn. The MP for Islington North now sits in the House of Commons as an independent.

So why has he been suspended and what is the potential significance of this?

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Is the UK constitution becoming increasingly codified?

Britain does not have a singular founding document like the US.

Britain has an uncodified constitution. This means that it is constituted from a variety of sources, including: Statute Law, Common Law, Conventions, Royal Prerogative, External Relations and Works of Authority. Of these sources, many are uncodified, meaning they are not written down. This contrasts to a codified constitution like that of the United States in which the vast majority of constitutional rules are contained within the US Constitution which was signed in Philadelphia in 1787.

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James Callaghan and the last successful ‘Motion of No Confidence’ in a UK Government

Thatcher won the 1979 General Election following the motion of no confidence in James Callaghan’s government.

Few days in Parliament have had the drama of the 28th March 1979. On this day, the government of Labour leader James Callaghan fell after it lost a motion of no confidence in the House of Commons. Consequently, the 1979 General Election was held which ushered in 18 years of Conservative Government.

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Do Opposition Days in Parliament really matter?

The Parliamentary agenda is largely controlled by the Government.

Parliament in the UK is dominated by the Executive. A combination of the fusion of powers and the First Past The Post electoral system mean that the government is able to control the agenda. In fact, this is written into the Standing Orders of Parliament. Standing Order 14 says:

“Save as provided in this order, government business shall have precedence at every sitting”

Labour get 20 days in each parliamentary session.
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