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Mar 1st, 2010

New Rules for Parliament

By KatyW

Back in July, the Wright Committee was set up to suggest reforms for the House of Commons. Now MPs are being given the chance to vote on these reforms.

At the moment, the government has too much control in Parliament and the MPs – the people who directly represent us – don’t have enough.  If the Committee’s reforms are adopted, this will change: MPs will get more power to set the agenda of the Commons, and to vote for chairs of select committees.

These sound like small changes, but it’s crucial that they happen. Many good ideas don’t come from in government: for example, the 10:10 climate promise was debated on one of the rare days when an opposition party gets to set the agenda and the protection for tenants from repossessions came in an individual MP’s bill, or Private Member’s Bill.

We’ve been working together to get the Wright Committee reforms adopted by Parliament. Lots of MPs have been supporting us along the way, and some of them have made a video for us, explaining why they think the reforms are important. You can watch it at the top of this post.

Get your MP to support the Wright Committee reforms, here: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/fix-Parliament

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