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Has an MP ever made use of the House of Lords Precedence Act to sit in the House of Lords?

During Business Questions on December 2nd, the Lord President of the Council - Jacob Rees-Mogg - was teased by the SNP's Pete Wishart about an alleged £6 million loan from his company Saliston Ltd, as ...
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Where are the public PPE contracts between Hinpack and the UK government?

Matt Hancock insists no contract between the government and his ex-pub-landlord's company Hinpack exists as part of the Covid PPE procurement rounds. The Guardian states that However, the contract ...
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How is the UK government addressing the shortage of doctors problem on the short to medium term?

I have recently found out the UK has one of the lowest number of doctors per 1000 inhabitants in Europe: The UK has 2.8 doctors per 1,000 population, which puts it well below the European Union (EU) ...
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What is the rationale for the United Kingdom statistics body not allowing black people to identify as having an English ethnicity in its surveys?

Ethnicity The concept of ethnicity has been described by the UK's highest court in this way For a group to constitute an ethnic group... it must, in my opinion, regard itself, and be regarded by ...
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Did MPs have to win a by-election before 1926 in order to join the government?

A commentary in The Telegraph claimed that before 1926, MPs had to win a by-election to join the government. This got me rather perplexed. Mr Johnson has sensibly stopped short of joining Labour in ...
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Questionable COVID-19 procurement outside the UK

There is an ongoing situation in the UK regarding the propriety of the procurement of some goods and services during the response to COVID-19. Conservative PPE contracts Michael Gove and VIP lane ...
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As a UK resident, why are the comings and goings inside individual American schools reported on National news stations? [closed]

Growing up in the UK in the 90's, we didn't really care whether Bethany got in trouble for wearing her hair long, or Darren got in trouble for wearing a particular t-shirt. Now, however, such trivial ...
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Has the UK enacted any changes in laws that would've been impossible while being an EU member?

The UK has left the EU and one of the biggest arguments in support was that idea that they could enact legislation that goes against EU rules, whether on trade with other nations, privacy, security, ...
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Is there any plausible reading of the DoT terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol under which they are not self-defeating?

Under the Protocol the UK government is responsible for applying checks on goods entering NI from Great Britain to ensure that goods destined for the Republic of Ireland meet EU regulations. This is ...
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Why did UK and EU agree NI Protocol with clause allowing unilateral action in the event of diversion of trade (DOT) when they knew DOT was inevitable?

Under the Protocol the UK government is responsible for applying checks on goods entering NI from Great Britain to ensure that goods destined for the Republic of Ireland meet EU regulations. This is ...
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If the UK invokes Art 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, will the EU require a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland [closed]

Under the Protocol the UK government is responsible for applying checks on goods entering NI from Great Britain to ensure that goods destined for the Republic of Ireland meet EU regulations. This is ...
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Is It A Coincidence That Election Day In The U.S. Is The Tuesday Closest To Guy Fawkes Day? [duplicate]

The question speaks for itself. An existing question is facially similar but doesn't get at this particular issue.
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What defence did the British MP, Owen Paterson, have?

Owen Paterson has vociferously protested his innocence of the breach of Parliamentary standards, found against him by the House of Commons Standards Committee. In his speech in the debate, Chris ...
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Biden's motorcade at COP26

I note https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/67418/did-the-us-presidential-motorcade-contravene-uk-traffic-regulations which states that the motorcade vehicles had American-style red emergency ...
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How did United Kingdom responsibility for the defence of the British Channel Islands originate?

The government of the United Kingdom is responsible for the defence of, and foreign relations of, the Channel Islands - i.e. the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey. How did this arrangement come about? ...
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When was the last defeat by filibuster of a government-backed bill in the UK?

Let's define defeat as the bill not passing that session. Wikipedia lists a number of successful filibusters but most (if not all in that list) appear to be on private bills or advanced by a minority ...
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UK alternative electoral system design

Background: I am seeking an alternative UK electoral system that would have multi-member constituencies instead of single member, which would create multi-party (proportional) governments. ...
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Seeking UK policy evidence that views of voters (in percentage terms) should be extrapolated to represent, by assumption, the views of non-voters [closed]

I’ve been trying, and failing, to find any formal documentation — preferably official policies or similar from gov.uk — that state or set forth the principle that in something like a referendum or a ...
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Is there a hierarchy in how you refer to a UK MP? If so could you use a lower ranked one as an insult?

In the UK when MPs are debating in the Commons, they often (because of archaic rules) refer to each other as "the right honourable Member", "the Leader of the Opposition" or "...
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Is there any political reason for the UK Conservative party choosing to hold a conference in a place where they have the least support?

The UK Conservative party have just recently concluded their party conference in Manchester. It alternates annually between Birmingham and Manchester. Neither city is particularly pro-Tory, but ...
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How do UK leaders explain that their country suffered a contraction similar to that of Italy and France rather than that of US or Canada, last year?

CNN recently mentioned that: the UK economy suffered a bigger contraction than any other G7 country last year at 9.8% Wondering how the rest of G7 fared in more concrete terms, I found an older ...
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Can employees of councils criticize the PM or the Government in the UK?

Watching this video, at the 1:38 timestamp, an employee of the council says that she needs to be careful of what is she saying. Unrepeatable, basically - err, I work for the council though, so I need ...
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Has the UK's HMRC begun the process of inspecting arrivals of EU goods?

It was made clear at the start that notwithstanding EU checks on UK movements into the single market, Britain would delay its implementation of checks. Have they now begun? If not will it cause yet ...
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What is "common ownership", beside nationalization?

In a recent interview of Sir Keir Starmer, Andrew Marr asked whether he'd nationalize the UK's major energy companies if he became Prime Minister. When Starmer answered in the negative, Marr quoted ...
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Why has the UK Government moved away from "Ministry of..." names?

Traditionally, UK Government departments were named "Ministry of [blar]". For example, Ministry of Transport Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Ministry of Education In recent ...
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How can the way the council tax amount is calculated be changed?

I read recently, but forgot where, that someone is saying that the current system of how council tax is calculated isn't fair, and it should be a percentage of the property value. I was wondering how ...
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Why are CLPs and Trade Unions so divided in their views on implementing PR?

At the 2021 Labour Party conference, a motion in support of the party working towards changing the UK's first-past-the-post voting system to a form of proportional representation was defeated by a ...
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How do India and Pakistan justify wanting the whole of Kashmir?

If you ask any Indian or Pakistani citizen, most would say that British rule was a cruel thing, and that freedom was inevitable. Now, if you look at the Kashmir situation, even though India have "...
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Why aren't railways being used to help ease the shortage of fuel in the UK? [closed]

Currently the UK is experiencing a shortage of fuel for road vehicles, this being driven by panic-buying by millions of motorists, which in turn has been driven by a shortage of HGV drivers to deliver ...
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A list of UK businesses whose owner supported Brexit

First, sorry if this isn't a question that can be asked in here, if there is a more suitable stack-exchange please let me know and I will delete, no need to down vote. I am looking for a list of ...
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Is Dominic Raab's claim - that the CBI estimates the cost of nationalisation of energy supply at £2000 per household - credible?

At Prime Minister's Questions this week, Deputy PM Dominic Raab claimed that the CBI estimated that nationalisation would increase energy bills by £2000. On energy bills he says Labour's plan of &...
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Do 'front groups' exist in the UK?

The Oxford Dictionary of Environment and Conservation defines front group as: A front group is a pressure group that is structured to look like a voluntary association, but may in reality be ...
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Has the US transferred any more naval nuclear reactor technology to the UK besides that S5W reactor piece that powered HMS Dreadnaught (S101)?

I've read that the first UK nuclear powered submarine HMS Dreadnaught (S101) was powered by a US made reactor, but that subsequent UK ships of that kind used UK-made ones. Wikipedia claims: During ...
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Why are there more American soldiers and bases in the UK and Germany than in Iraq? [closed]

I've just learned from this article that the US has soldiers and bases in the UK and Germany. This is somehow the violation of the sovereignty of those countries. The US attacked Iraq, so it's not ...
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Is a member of the Loyal opposition a Minister of the Crown?

Does the term 'Minister of the Crown' apply to ministers of the loyal opposition as well as those who are members of Her Majesty's Government?
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When Sir Jeffrey Donaldson campaigned to leave the EU, how exactly did he think the matter of the border would be resolved?

Donaldson complains bitterly that the Unionists in Northern Ireland have been let down by the Johnson government. That may well be the case - and it undoubtedly appears that there has been double ...
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Does the British government have control on what can the BBC broadcast?

Edited Does the British government have control on what can the BBC broadcast?
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Can Scotland hold an informal independence opinion-poll without Westminster's consent?

Yesterday, Nicola Sturgeon said that she would hold an independence referendum before 2023. Our democratic mandate to allow people to decide the country's future is beyond question. And at this ...
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How often do opposition amendments pass?

Opposition parties often submit amendments to bills, but it seems like they usually fail since the government uses its majority to vote against them. How often do opposition amendments succeed?
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To whom could one make a FoI request regarding the Afghanistan evacuation

In February 2020 the US administration of Donald Trump agreed the withdrawal of US troops with the Taliban by May 2021, without including the Afghan government in the deal. One would presume at that ...
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Why did the UK agree to Spain's NATO membership seemingly without any Spanish concessions regarding Gibraltar?

It seems fairly clear (or at least plausible) what Spain was hoping to gain by NATO membership, which was consummated as a rather later affair in the closing decade of the Cold War: The main reasons ...
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Why Freedom of Information can be denied for something that costs above £450?

Freedom of Information is one of the greatest instruments of democracy. To get some information, a person needs to pay some charges which is understandable. Most requests are free but you might be ...
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Is it legal to campaign for county independence in England?

Would campaigning for a county independence in England be considered a crime? Or is it totally legal?
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Can a UK county gain independence?

What is the law/rules around if a county (let's say Northumberland) wants to gain independence, whether to join another country (let's say/assume future independent Scotland) or to join the EU as an ...
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What is the minimum salary possible in a Her Majesty's Government's Department's job?

Government of the United Kingdom The Government of the United Kingdom, domestically referred to as Her Majesty's Government, is the central government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and ...
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Who would investigate whether the UK PM broke the ministerial code?

My understanding is that if it is in the public knowledge that someone is suspected to be committing a crime/fraud, they will at least get investigated, and then brought to justice if enough evidence ...
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Can a future UK government decide to rejoin the EU without a referendum?

Can a future UK government decide to rejoin the EU without a referendum or do they have to hold one?
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Why does the UK want to remove medicines from the scope of the Northern Ireland protocol?

I've read on the BBC that the UK is seeking to renegotiate the NI protocol with the EU (which is part of the Brexit deal). I can understand why the UK sees some of the provisions as burdensome, but I'...
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Why does British Indian Ocean Territory follow RHT?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-_and_right-hand_traffic Why do cars in the British Indian Ocean Territory drive on the right-hand side of the road (as in the US) instead of on the left-hand side of ...
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Why does Boris Johnson seek to renegotiate the Brexit deal with the EU?

The UK wants to renegotiate the Brexit deal with the EU, mostly because of Northern Ireland's current (and future) situation. The EU immediately rejected the offer. My question is: Why does Boris ...

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