Category Archives: UK Government

Why are Private Members Bills unlikely to become Acts of Parliament?

It is backbenchers that introduce Private Members Bills.

A Private Members Bill is a parliamentary bill which, rather than being introduced by the Government, is introduced by a Backbench MP. It is unusual for these bills to become law because they do not automatically have the support of the Government who, under First Past the Post, normally have a significant majority in Parliament. So what are the different types of Private Members Bill and why precisely are they unlikely to become Acts of Parliament?

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What are the differences between the US and UK ‘Order of Succession’?

Charles III immediately became Monarch following the death of Elizabeth II.

The term ‘order of succession’ in the UK refers to the passage of the Crown upon the death of the Monarch. Upon the death of Elizabeth II on the 8th September 2022 the Crown immediately passed to Prince Charles who became King Charles III. In time, the Crown will pass to Prince William and then Prince George. However, whilst there is a clear order of succession for the Head of State, what is the political order of succession for the Head of Government and how does this compare to the United States?

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What are the ‘Great Offices of State’?

Liz Truss’ top team is diverse in its nature.

The announcement of Liz Truss’ Cabinet following her appointment as Prime Minister on the 6th September has seen a remarkable moment for diversity in British politics in that not a single holder of one of the ‘great offices of state’ is a white male. In fact, it is the first Cabinet in European History to have that characteristic. But what do we mean by the ‘great offices of state’ and what is the history behind them?

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