Seats of power

The coalition government has put constitutional reform and the protection of civil liberties right at the heart of the parliamentary agenda. Seamus Burns explains the changes to come

24 May 2010

The inconclusive general election result on 6 May 2010 paved the way for the first hung parliament in 36 years, the first coalition government in 65 years and potentially for far-reaching and ground-breaking changes to our unwritten UK constitution.

After five days of negotiation between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, an agreement was reached on 11 May 2010.

The agreement covered a wide range of issues, but those affecting our future unwritten constitution are potentially particularly significant.

Five-year fixed-term Parliaments

The new Lib/Con coalition government “agreed to put a binding motion” before the House of Commons in the first days following the agreement stating ...

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