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Scottish Devolution: House Of Lords Committee Wants Scotland Bill 'Delayed' Because Of 'Hasty' Promises In 'The Vow'

Legislation granting greater powers to Scotland should be delayed because promises made to avert independence were "hasty", an influential committee …

Northern Ireland political crisis: Governments and two largest parties agree deal

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United Kingdom

EU Referendum Plan Savaged By Tory MPs, 'Is That It?' They Ask David Cameron

Tory MPs have dismissed David Cameron's plan to renegotiate Britain's membership of the European Union, with eurosceptic backbenchers describing it …

A Republican party split in two

<b>For the chieftains of the Republican Party, Campaign 2016 has hardly gone to script.</b><p>A loud-mouthed billionaire encouraged by his poll numbers to believe he can insult his way to the White House has up until this week dominated the battle for its presidential nomination.<p>As for Donald Trump's most …

Republicans

Tax Credit Lords Defeat Triggers Constitutional Crisis, Osborne Forced Into Climbdown Over Welfare Reforms

George Osborne was forced into a dramatic climbdown over his flagship welfare reforms on Monday after the government's cuts to tax credits were …

David Cameron Acting Like 'Schoolboy Bully' With Threat To Lords Who Block His Tax Credits Cuts, Senior Liberal Democrat Says

David Cameron has been accused of behaving like a 'schoolboy bully' threatening to 'duff up' the House of Lords if it blocks his tax credit cuts …

English vote plan to become law despite objections

<b>Plans to introduce "English votes for English laws" for MPs have been voted through in the House of Commons.</b><p>The government won the backing of MPs by 312 to 270 votes. A series of amendments by Lib Dem and Labour MPs were also defeated.<p>Commons leader Chris Grayling dismissed objections to the new …

United Kingdom

Labour To Vote Against Osborne Balanced Budget Plan; Move Aims To Stop SNP Painting Corbyn As Pro-Cuts

Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell have moved to pitch Labour as 'an anti-austerity party' by withdrawing support for the Tory …

Leaders: The SNP must nurse the NHS

The SNP has yet to prove it can make the health service fully fit for purpose<p>We are all entitled to have faith in the National Health Service. We are …

United Kingdom

Forget ‘chaos,’ Kevin McCarthy’s implosion was a good thing for the GOP

Nothing becomes a politician quite like an embarrassing defeat. When former Texas governor Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker quit their 2016 GOP presidential bids, they were showered with praise by the people who were trying to defeat them. "I know many people are disappointed with Scott's …

Republicans

The Independent guide to the UK constitution: The supremacy of Parliament

Looking around at the faces of new MPs, wandering bemused, around the Houses of Parliament over the past few weeks, it is easy to forget just what …

European Court of Human Rights 'risk to UK sovereignty'

Lord Judge was responding to comments by the ECHR's president<p><b>Claims the European Court of Human Rights can set law on social matters threatens Parliamentary sovereignty, a former lord chief justice has said.</b><p>Lord Judge said Parliament needed to decide how much power it was willing to give up to the …

Human Rights

Does parliamentary sovereignty still reign supreme?

If parliament is sovereign, why can the UK supreme court ignore the European Convention on Human Rights?<p>As the UK Supreme Court Blog points out, our highest court of appeal has updated the "frequently asked questions section" of its website.<p>Of particular interest are the answers to two questions. …

Clinton’s hands-off policy toward Sanders is a long bet — with risks

Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigns in the key states on her quest to become the Democratic nominee for president.<p>The former secretary of state, senator and first lady is the Democratic nominee for president.<p>Hillary Rodham Clinton told a longtime supporter and donor recently …

Middle-class

How House Republicans lurched to the right and left John Boehner behind

John Boehner was elected House majority leader in 2006 after 15 years in Congress. And if you had told someone, at that time, that Boehner would resign his seat in less than 10 years for being insufficiently conservative, you probably would have been laughed at. But Boehner's career provides an …

Republicans

John Boehner just sacrificed his career for the good of the Republican Party

The stunning decision by House Speaker John Boehner to resign from office in October is a sign of not only his inability to lead a congressional party riven between its establishment and tea party wings, but also the toll fighting that fight has taken on him -- and the GOP more broadly.<p>Almost since …

Republicans

House Speaker John Boehner to resign at end of October

<i>This story was originally published at 9:36 a.m.</i><p>House Speaker John A. Boehner, faced with a constant conservative rebellion, announced Friday he will step down at the end of October, a move that shocked Capitol Hill and exposed the deep tensions within the Republican Party over how to use its …

Republicans

Green Party conference: Back vote reform, Bennett urges Corbyn

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United Kingdom

UKIP: Is the party coming to an end?

<b>The last time I was here - at the party conference in Doncaster - I was surrounded by jubilant UKIP supporters. Some were waving flags and whooping their leader Nigel Farage out of the auditorium. Others were taking photos of each other on stage. All because of the man who'd just been snuck into</b> …

United Kingdom

Pope urges 'humane' US migrant response

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Christianity

The Big Question: Why doesn't the UK have a written constitution, and does it matter?

<b>Why are we asking this now?</b><p>Because Jack Straw has used a visit to Washington to hint that Britain could finally get a written constitution spelling …

David Cameron: British bill of rights will 'safeguard legacy' of Magna Carta

The Conservative commitment to break the link between the British courts and the European court of human rights (ECHR) by scrapping the Human Rights Act and replacing it with a British bill of rights will safeguard the legacy of Magna Carta, David Cameron will say on Monday at a ceremony …

Human Rights

Trump falls, Fiorina jumps in GOP race: CNN/ORC poll

Carly Fiorina’s strong performance at last week’s primetime Republican debate has catapulted her into second place behind Donald Trump in the race …

House of Commons - A new Magna Carta? - Political and Constitutional Reform

<b>Part I</b><p><b>THE ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST A WRITTEN CONSTITUTION FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM</b><p><b>Preface</b><p>__________________________________________________________

Why Britain needs a written constitution

Britain long had a cult of the Magna Carta and Bill of Rights, yet conservatives now deem any interest in a UK constitution unpatriotic<p>Getting one's history wrong, it has been said, is part of being a nation. Yet, as current events on both sides of the Atlantic reveal, getting history wrong can …

UK should consider a written constitution, says top judge Lord Neuberger

Britain’s most senior judge says there are “powerful arguments” to adopt a written constitution like the US – claiming it would help the UK overturn …