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Has a party in the UK ever won parliament while losing the popular vote?

It is at least theoretically possible for a party to win a majority in parliament while an opposing party wins a majority of the popular vote. There are 650 seats in Commons, and an average of about ...
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Why does the EU find the foreign agent law in Georgia against their values?

The draft law would require organizations receiving more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as "foreign agents". The EU, which gave Georgia candidate status in December, has ...
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What is Rishi Sunak's reasoning/incentive to talk of a hung parliament, rather than a Labour majority, right now?

Since the 2024 UK local elections were held last week, Rishi Sunak has claimed that the general election result is "not a foregone conclusion", and that there may be a hung parliament at the ...
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Why did the UK Parliament not close all legal routes for appeal when passing the Safety of Rwanda act?

The Safety of Rwanda is quite broad but as per the opinion of legal experts it still leaves some routes for appeal: Section 4(4) goes on to provide for very limited circumstances in which a court can ...
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What options (short of abdication) might a Queen or King of England have to avoid giving royal assent, formally turning a bill into law?

The BBC's April 23, 2024 Rwanda: Why a migrant plane won’t be taking off anytime soon contains the following: While the bill has now passed through Parliament, the quickest a flight can take off is - ...
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How does legislation "tel(l) judges to ignore a range of human rights safeguards baked into the UK's complicated constitution"? With what words?

The BBC's April 23, 2024 Rwanda: Why a migrant plane won’t be taking off anytime soon contains the following: Legal challenges In June 2022, the battle to put the brakes on the first flight went all ...
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In simple words, how does UK's Conservative party manage to retain dominance?

UK's Conservative party is one of two main parties and arguably dominant in the UK. But I don't understand how did they manage to pull that off in the century XX with its urbanization. As one would ...
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What are the arguments for allowing MPs in the UK to work second jobs?

UK parliamentarians are permitted to hold second jobs unless they are ministers. Many MPs, particularly amongst the Conservatives, have availed themselves of this opportunity. For example, Jacob Rees-...
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Companies carrying out private investigations and prosecutions

For a number of month, the British Post Office scandal has been a leading item in British news largely thanks to a an ITV television drama. For those who don't know about the scandal, the short ...
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Preprinting 19☐☐ year on UK postal vote envelopes

I have just voted by post for the 2024 London mayoral and GLA elections and, as well as the usual shuffle of multiple ballot papers and double envelopes, I had to sign an envelope and include my date ...
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What is preventing the UK from stopping arms exports to Israel?

Recent polling has shown that a majority of the UK public supports banning arms exports to Israel. A recent YouGov poll showed that 56% of all UK voters support a ban whilst 17% are against a ban. ...
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Why is legal advice provided to the Government rather than to Parliament

One of the things we've all learnt over the last few years is that Parliament is Sovereign, so why (under what principle) is legal advice provided to the Government or executive rather than to ...
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British attitudes towards their country's responsibility for Palestinian-Israeli conflict [closed]

Are there any opinion polls regarding Britain's legacy/responsibility for the colonial policies in Mandatory Palestine? The question is prompted by the mistreatment of two October 7 survivors by ...
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To which fundamental rights is the new UK government definition of extremism referring?

The UK government has updated their definition of extremism to one which starts: the promotion or advancement of an ideology based on violence, hatred or intolerance, that aims to: negate or destroy ...
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Would paying a candidate to defect to your party be bribery or break some other rule?

I'm not sure if this belongs here or over on Law.SE. There are currently rumours swirling that Reform UK have paid Lee Anderson to defect to their party. To me, this feels like it should be illegal as ...
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Does some parliamentary convention prevent Diane Abbott from speaking at this PMQs?

Diane Abbott, MP has been in the news recently following a racist verbal attack against her by a leading Conservative donor. At Prime Minister's Questions on 13 March 2024, the Leader of the ...
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Who are the weird characters behind George Galloway in his Rochdale elections victory speech?

Recently, George Galloway won the Parliamentary by-elections for the constituency of Rochdale. In his otherwise-solemn speech following the announcement of the results, there are a few colorful ...
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What was the original context of Margaret Thatcher's quote by Nikki Haley?

In Nikki Haley's speech suspending her campaign on 6 March 2024, she said: I have always been a conservative Republican and always supported the Republican nominee. But on this question, as she did ...
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Has the US government said anything about forcing Apple to have multiple app stores on their devices?

The UK has passed/will pass a law forcing Apple to give users the option to switch between multiple app stores (for example, the Microsoft and Samsung app stores), but only in the UK so far. Has the U....
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Lords powers to stop a Bill - Rwanda

The Rwanda Bill is being debated in The House of Lords and Jenny Jones' speech makes clear that The Lords could stop the bill if Labour were prepared to, but doesn't make explicit, as everyone she is ...
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Is the occurrence of sexual misdemeanors amongst the UK Conservative parliamentary party exceptional?

The 2019 intake of Conservative MPs into UK's parliament numbered 365. Since then at least 6 Tory MPs have been suspended or resigned for engaging in sexual related misconduct. These are: Julian ...
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What is the distribution of illegal acts defined by the Computer Misuse Act actually done by children in the UK?

The UK National Crime Agency has annonced that one in five children are being criminalised by the Computer Misuse Act (CMA). They warn of life changing consequences for the children involved. They ...
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How can the ECtHR judgement on encryption be reconciled with the UK's Online Safety act?

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) recently judged against allowing law enforcement to bypass end-to-end encryption: The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) (sic) has ruled that weakening ...
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Did British prime minister Rishi Sunak unsuccessfully sit the exam for a Winchester College scholarship? [closed]

The Tatler has reported regarding British prime minister Rishi Sunak that "[no] sooner was he accepted [into Winchester College] [...,] [his] good fortune [...] foundered: he missed out on the ...
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What tech is Jaguar Land Rover + UK government looking to ban?

The BBC is reporting that Jaguar Land Rover said the technology used by criminal gangs to steal their cars should be illegal and the company was working with the government to help get laws changed. ...
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Why was an inscription commemorating Dresden's bomb deaths removed?

There was an inscription commemorating those who died from the UK and the US bombing Dresden in February 1945, when an estimated 22-25,000 civilians were killed. Recently, according to Bild, the ...
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Did any country say that they view the British involvement in the attacks against the Houthis as supporting Israel in the Gazan conflict?

The Labour MP Zarah Sultana said: “Military intervention starting out as limited can quickly escalate, risking a sequence of events far larger and more terrible, and risk even dragging us into war.” ...
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Do the US and the UK have the right to attack Houthis?

The UN security council demanded an immediate end to Houthis attacks. Does this give the right to the US and the UK to unilaterally decide to attack Houthis according to UN treaties and/or ...
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Are the strikes against Yemen ordered by President Biden unconstitutional?

The U.S. and British forces have launched a massive retaliatory strike against the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen (1/12/2024). The military response by the U.S. and U.K. comes after a series of drone ...
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Can the British PM formally be charged with treason?

Can the British PM formally be charged with treason, or high treason? Does the British constitution make this possible?
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How common is it to price a law by the cost of putting up signs?

The BBC is describing the new 20mph speed limit in urban Wales as "the £34m law" which appears to be a reference to "the cost of bringing in the new signs". If one was to attempt ...
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Which sections of Indian Independence Act 1947 were repealed in British Parliament, and why?

The Indian Independence Act 1947, was repealed by the respective constitutions of India and Pakistan in 1950 & 1956. The Parliament of the United Kingdom, never repealed it but according to the ...
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Are greatly more resources devoted to investigating the circumstances around missing women and girls than to those around missing boys and men?

We have seen two recent national media spectacles around the missing persons cases of Nicola Bulley and Gaynor Lord, and these have followed the admittedly gruesome national spectacle around the ...
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Has the UK government provided the "minimum standard of privacy and accuracy" that are required of a messaging service for ETEE to be banned?

The Guardian reports that the UK government will not require Ofcom to enforce the restrictions on End to End Encryption (ETEE) until two conditions are met: the government has said the regulator ...
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Why doesn't the UK government end "bona vacantia"?

It has recently been reported that King Charles benefits from the estates of those who pass away without leaving a will or next of kin. Apparently this takes place via ancient feudal laws known as &...
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Why are there so few reactions to the Houthis' attacks on ships?

Recently, the Houthis attacked a British ship, and not for the first time. While they claim that the ships are somehow linked to Israel, they are also owned by non-Israelis, and the crew members are ...
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What could have been the intended purpose of Section 10(2) of the criminal law act 1977?

Section 10(1) CLA 1977 creates an offence of obstructing a judicial enforcement officer effecting enforcement of a court order for recovery of possession of property. But section 10(2) explicitly ...
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What could have been the intended purpose of Section 23 of the Theft Act 1968?

Section 23 of the Theft Act 1968 states: Advertising rewards for return of goods stolen or lost. Where any public advertisement of a reward for the return of any goods which have been stolen or lost ...
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In the UK, what are the votes that started as voiced but passed into the divisions for more formal voting?

Following my previous question, I've learned from comments that many votes in the UK are voiced. According to what I was able to gather the Speaker of the House determines if a vote will be voice and ...
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How significant is the UN's condemnation of UK imprisonment of Just Stop Oil protestors?

It has recently come to light that the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change, Ian Fry, had sent a letter to the UK government warning ...
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What level of data anonymisation is the NHS federated data platform/Palantir using?

It is in the news that UK NHS patients will not be given the option of whether their medical data is processed by US spy tech firm Palantir. This is being justified by because their data will be ...
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What would happen if the UK government simply ignores the ECHR and proceeds with the Rwanda relocation scheme?

As explained in the answer to Would there be any economic consequences if the UK were to leave the ECHR?, leaving the ECHR over the Rwanda plan could potentially upset the Good Friday agreement and is ...
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If UK government "ignored the law" on asylum seekers, what are the consequences? [duplicate]

The UK government wants to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda, but the proposed policy has been ruled unlawful by the UK Supreme Court. The Conservative deputy chairman Lee Anderson is widely reported ...
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Can the UK parliament just declare Rwanda a safe-country for asylum purposes?

Earlier today (15 Nov 2023) a UK Supreme Court ruling declared that the government policy of relocating asylum seekers to Rwanda was not permissible, due to the risk of relocation back to the ...
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When was the last/prior time a former PM served in another (non-PM) position in the UK government?

CNN: Sunak then announced he was bringing Cameron back to frontline politics as foreign secretary, in a stunning move that has few parallels in recent British political history. Cameron served as ...
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Why does the UK compete in sports sometimes as "GBR" and sometimes as each of its individual nations? [duplicate]

In football and some other sports England, Wales, NI and Scotland compete as one independent country but at olympics, saling, skiing etc compete as "GBR" What is reason for that? UK has just ...
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Has UK common budget or every country has its own?

How financial system works in UK? Must England, Scotland, Wales and North Ireland, fill the common budget or every country is completely independent, "keep" his money/profit for itself? Does ...
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Have the UK government explained exactly why a march for peace in Gaza on Armistice Day would be disrespectful?

It is reported that various members of the UK government consider a march calling for peace in Gaza planned in London on Saturday 11 November disrespectful. However, while there are multiple quotes ...
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Why do you need to get court records transcribed to find out what was said?

It is in the news that it is very expensive for victims to access transcriptions of court proceedings of which they were present. For example one rape survivor said she was quoted £7,500 for the ...
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In what sense did the English Channel migration crisis begin “nearly five years ago”?

According to this article, Meanwhile, ministers are understood to believe they have finally turned a corner on the number of migrants crossing the Channel, nearly five years after the crisis began. ...
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