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Does allowing Commonwealth citizens to vote in UK elections have any practical impact on those elections?

Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK are generally allowed to vote in UK elections, even if they aren't British citizens. There's been some controversy over this provision. For example, Migration ...
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Does Keir Starmer fit into the New Labour category?

"New Labour" was the philosophy of Tony Blair which eliminated Labour's constitutional support for socialized control of industry, favoring market economics and social reform. Since coming ...
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What would be the driving political force behind pushes to ban no fault evictions?

Landlords are professionally organized into trade bodies like the NRLA, and quite well at that. Tenants are more rag tag and grassroots although tenant rights groups like shelter are also reasonably ...
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Has the monarchy in the UK delegated even its symbolic power to the government, or does it still retain its symbolic power?

I quote three excerpts from the same article in Wikipedia: Though the ultimate executive authority over the government is still formally by and through the royal prerogative, these powers may only be ...
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What are the consequences for the UK monarch for making political comments?

This question has been inspired by the fact that Prince Charles has made comments about the UK government's new immigration policy of sending immigrants to Rwanda for processing. He called the policy &...
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Why is working from home/green commute not seriously considered by Western governments to tackle climate change and to reduce Russian oil use?

In the time of the pandemic, working from home was widespread in most European countries including the UK, which led to a drop in fuel prices. However, during the war in Ukraine, working from home was ...
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'Can' the UK 'protest' about the death sentences to the two UK citizens?

Two UK citizens received the death sentence by the Donetsk People's Republic. As far as I understand, the UK does not recognize DPR. I would guess that they can't protest to something that to them ...
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What does "Boris Johnson has a hundred and sixty MPs on his payroll anyway who were going to vote for him because they're within the government" mean?

Moments after the vote of confidence on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson results were announced live on CNN, MP David Lammy (Labor) listed results of previous (recent) votes of confidence saying ...
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Is there enough support in the UK parliament for a no confidence vote in the PM? [closed]

Now that 148 Conservative MPs have voted against the PM, adding to the 199 Labour MPs gives a majority in the Parliament (347/650, 53%). Is it possible for the opposition to launch a no confidence ...
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Could a Conservative leader who loses the party's confidence vote refuse to resign as Prime Minister?

At time of writing, a vote of no-confidence in Boris Johnson is due to happen on the evening of 2022-06-06 between 1800 and 2000, as more than 54 letters (15% of all Conservative MPs) have been ...
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Over what period must the no-confidence letters in the leader of the UK Conservative party be received?

A vote of no-confidence in Boris Johnson has recently (as of 06.06.2022) been triggered due to more than 54 letters (15% of all Conservative MPs) having sent letters to the chair of the 1922 committee....
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Why is the vote of no confidence on the prime minister for Conservative MPs only?

There will be a vote of no confidence in the prime minister of the UK today, but it is limited to Conservative MPs only and requires a majority of them to pass the motion. None of the media coverage I ...
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Why are student loan interest rates tied to inflation, not central bank interest rates?

In the UK, student loan interest rates, once studies are finished, are set as Retail Price Index (RPI) plus up to 3%. Every other variable rate of borrowing that I am aware of is tied to central bank ...
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Is the Chancellor responsible for setting the Living Wage in the UK?

At PMQs today (18/05/2022), Boris Johnson claimed that the Chancellor was going to raise the Living wage by a record amount. Boris Johnson says he supports Rishi Sunak's work raising the living wage ...
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Is signing security pacts with other countries within the UK government powers?

On May 11th 2022, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed security pacts with Sweden and Finland. Is this something the Government could do without passing any legislation through Parliament and ...
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Who actually drafts the Queen's speech, in the present era?

I gather that over the years the level of realistic personal agency of the British monarch has actually waxed and waned a fair bit, and suspect that in recent eras it has progressively diminished to ...
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Legality of NATO countries freezing assets of friends and family of Putin

Ignoring people such as Russian government members and Russian parliament members, I am asking about the legality of the freezing the assets (where susceptible to such freezes) of people who are ...
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What sanctions is the UK parliament considering against social media executives?

According to a recent article by the Guardian, a new digital watchdog will be set up with the power to impose fines upto 10% of global revenue. In the case of Facebook, this will be upto £10 billion. ...
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Are there critics against supporting Ukraine based on an economical viewpoint?

I understand that there are several reasons politicians consider when they decide about sending military or financial aid to Ukraine. But in the end, these aids are financed by US/UK tax payers. The ...
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What are the societal and economic benefits of Britain's military spending?

The United Kingdom spends considerably more on defense as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) among countries with a similar need. According to Wikipedia, the United Kingdom spends 2.2% of ...
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Why is abortion such a central issue in US politics, but not in the UK?

In Britain (excl Northern Ireland) a country close in many respects to the US - in terms of religious history, society, status of women, medical ethics etc abortion is rarely a political issue. The ...
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Which organization is responsible for investigating allegations of systemic discrimination within the EHRC?

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is a public body, funded by the British government, which is responsible for promoting and enforcing equality and non-discrimination laws in England, ...
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What alternatives to the Rwandan option does the UK have for handling requests for asylum and how do they compare? [closed]

Following on from this question, I am curious to know what sorts of options might exist for national policies on handling asylum claims, and what the pros and cons of each might be, in terms of: Cost-...
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Is the UK taking any steps towards better regulation of foreign investments after Russia started the invasion of Ukraine?

The Guardian suggests that Russian oligarchs used some legal loopholes to invest in UK, thus managing to secure some of their assets. The same article cites possible solutions for happening this in ...
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Why doesn’t the UK allow asylum applications to be made from overseas?

As I listen to plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, I can’t help think it would be more effective to prevent people smuggling activity by allowing asylum seekers to apply from overseas. It could be ...
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Reselling and tariffs between China/UK and EU

If a reseller in England imports a widget from China they will pay the UK's China->UK tariff for that good. If they then sell that widget to a customer in Spain (in the EU), will the Spanish ...
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What are the current factions and policy/ideological splits in the UK Conservative party?

The Johnson government had higher spending than previous Labour governments. He started by ousting a lot of the hawkish members such as Sajid Javid. Liz Truss has been a member of both this ...
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Is Boris Johnson the first serving British prime minister to be found to have broken the law?

10 Downing Street has recently confirmed that Boris Johnson, the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, will be issued a fixed penalty notice for breaching COVID-19 related laws in June 2020. ...
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Why is the public opinion about GCC countries so low in the USA/UK?

What is the public perception in the USA and the UK about oil-rich gulf countries and their people? According to the above post, the public approval rate of GCC countries and their people is low in ...
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What is the public perception in the USA and the UK about oil-rich gulf countries and their people?

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are very loyal US and UK allies, I guess. However, how do the general population of the USA and the UK see them as allies? Do they see them as valued allies ...
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How much "Russian money" have Russian oligarchs injected into the UK's economy and contributed to UK politicians?

The following compares statements by two very disparate British commentators, Christopher Steele and the fictional reporter Johnathan Pie. Steele The notes below Sky News' April 1, 2022 Beth Rigby ...
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Why is Prince Charles the 'Prince of Wales' and could Wales theoretically reject this?

I don't understand why Prince Charles is called the Prince of Wales. From what I can find online, it seems it's a tradition for English monarchs to give their heir the title "Prince of Wales.&...
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How are peers supposed to be selected?

There are questions about appointment of Evgeny Lebedev to the house of Lords as a life peer. The decision has been defended in a number of different ways: Boris Johnson Johnson told reporters in ...
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Have the US and UK explained if they view sanctions on Belarus as breaching the Budapest Memorandum?

One of the clauses of the Budapest Memorandum is (page 20): The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America reaffirm their ...
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Where is the Council Tax rebate being funded from?

The UK government is legislating for a Council Tax rebate to help with the cost of living crisis. Where is the £3.3bn required to fund the rebate coming from? General taxation or council budgets?
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How do governments (eg UK) shrink the civil service?

There is news that the UK government wants to reduce the civil service by about 65,000 which is almost 15% of the work force. This question is not about the politics of that, but about the ...
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Can BP still sell its share in Rosneft?

Yesterday, BP announced they would be selling their $14 billion share in Rosnef. The London-headquartered oil firm announced on Sunday that it was offloading its 19.75% voting stake in Rosneft, ...
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Does the UK have the military capability to deny Russia air supremacy over Ukraine?

Some Tory backbenchers have called for British military intervention in the Russian invasian of Ukraine (source). The specific proposal seems to be to deny Russia air supremacy (which Russia claims1 ...
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Was UK National Insurance meant to cover all welfare payments from an earmarked fund?

In the UK, National Insurance was introduced as a means of paying for health, welfare and pensions. The original 1911 act created a fund that was paid into by workers, employers and the Treasury and ...
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Does the Met Police Commissioner have the authority to "clean house"?

The news are reporting Cressida Dick's forced resignation as the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (meaning London, UK) following her preceived failure to adequately tackle racism and misogyny ...
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Are there restrictions in the UK against calling politicians liars?

In the comedic New York Times video Jonathan Pie: 'Boris Johnson Is a Liar' | NYT Opinion at about 00:45 the character (speaking to a fictional New York Times interviewer) says: Actually I can't say ...
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Did the 2022 Southend West by-election set a record for the highest number of spoilt ballots in a Parliamentary election?

The 2022 Southend West by-election was held on February 3rd, to elect a replacement for the previous incumbent Sir David Amess, who was murdered while attending a constituency surgery in October 2021. ...
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What do the despatch boxes in the British House of Commons contain?

In the British House of Commons there are two "despatch boxes" on the table at which the prime minister, the leader of the opposition, and other front bench ministers and shadow ministers ...
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UK National Insurance increase and impact on low vs high earners

National Insurance payments are increasing in the UK this April. I am seeing arguments against this that say the increase will have a higher impact on the lower-paid. This BBC article shows the new ...
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How valid are the motives for Russia poisoning Skripal, and other "dissidents and opposition" [closed]

The motive attributed to the poisonings basically sounds like, "They spoke out against Putin and/or Russia, so Putin had them poisoned." The thing that bothers me about this motive, is that, ...
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What efforts have been made to convince UK nurses etc to get vaccinated?

The Guardian reports that "nursing and midwifery leaders" have called to delay the Covid vaccination for everyone working in a health setting in the UK to avoid people being dismissed from ...
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Why is Buckinghamshire Council so enormous?

Buckinghamshire Council has 147 seats. This is a huge number, which is more than the Scottish Parliament (129), the Israeli Knesset (120), and the Parliament of New Zealand (also 120), or the entire ...
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What would it take to change the voting in the UK away from "first past the post"?

Question from a naive US citizen here: In a podcast from the BBC I heard it claimed that there are districts with a Tory representative elected with 1000 votes when the other parties (combined) had ...
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Why were the Liberal Democrats successful in the North Shropshire by-election instead of Labour?

In the 2019 general election, the Labour Party came in second in North Shropshire. In this year's by-election, however, not only are the Liberal Democrats the main challenger to the Conservatives, ...
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How might Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the UK House of Commons "play hardball"?

In a statement to the House of Commons on the 13th December 2021, the Speaker expressed frustration at the Prime Minister's failure to appear in the chamber, following a televised statement the ...
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