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

In 1951, the Conservatives took 321 seats with 13,717,851 votes while Labour took just 295 seats with 13,948,385 votes. That is, Labour had more votes but the Conservatives won more seats. It happened ...
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Why does the EU find the foreign agent law in Georgia against their values?

This proposed law has acquired a nickname in Georgia apparently: "the Russian Law". ‘No to the Russian law!’ Georgia protesters demand a ‘European future’ | Protests News | Al Jazeera Mass ...
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Why does the EU find the foreign agent law in Georgia against their values?

This may be tied to that the "agents" are not just asked to declare they funding on every paper they publish but also are being restricted in numerous other ways. It looks more like an ...
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Why does the EU find the foreign agent law in Georgia against their values?

Because it restricts freedom of association and equates foreign funding with being an agent controlled by a foreign power. The Georgian draft bill is very similar to Russia's 2022 law that was ruled ...
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What is Rishi Sunak's reasoning/incentive to talk of a hung parliament, rather than a Labour majority, right now?

Because the Conservatives believe that their surprise majority in 2015 was in a large part due to their scaremongering about a potential hung Parliament and the prospect of a Labour-SNP pact, and ...
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What is Rishi Sunak's reasoning/incentive to talk of a hung parliament, rather than a Labour majority, right now?

alexg's answer is excellent, but in addition there's the mechanics of FPTP elections and the nature of campaigning and a strong tendency to campaign and vote negatively. The Conservatives are not only ...
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Why does the EU find the foreign agent law in Georgia against their values?

There is quite a practice worldwide to name a law in a way only partially related to its content. The law has only little to do with the foreign influence. It is about the domestic opposition. https://...
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Why does the EU find the foreign agent law in Georgia against their values?

The EU is working towards an EU-wide civil society. National political parties are coming together in EU-wide party groupings. NGOs cross borders. That's an European value. If Georgia wants ...
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Why does the EU find the foreign agent law in Georgia against their values?

Because the current politicial situation in Georgia is that the law is about the Western (EU, UK, USA) agents and their organizations. No one wants that his costly built up "soft power" ...
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What is Rishi Sunak's reasoning/incentive to talk of a hung parliament, rather than a Labour majority, right now?

Rishi Sunak's party performed badly in the local elections and is widely expected to do the same at a general election. He has to acknowledge this, but if he says "well, everyone, we're heading ...
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Why did the UK Parliament not close all legal routes for appeal when passing the Safety of Rwanda act?

Thank you for your report following the Committee’s scrutiny of the provisions of the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration Bill). The Government has carefully considered the Committee’s findings ...
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Why did the UK Parliament not close all legal routes for appeal when passing the Safety of Rwanda act?

The Government's position is that: The bill will allow Parliament to confirm that it considers it has sufficient material before it to judge that Rwanda is in general safe and that this finding ...
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What are the arguments for allowing MPs in the UK to work second jobs?

A few reasons I can think of for allowing it. It allows people with real skills to keep practicing those skills while also being an mp. That's an advantage because people who work or actually have ...
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In simple words, how does UK's Conservative party manage to retain dominance?

I am very very surprised that nobody has answered this but one major reason is it's strong (and heavily antidemocratic) first-past-the-post voting system https://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/who-...
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In simple words, how does UK's Conservative party manage to retain dominance?

Given that the Conservatives are the party of ownership (landlords, aristocracy, shareholders, etc.), it is strange that they consistently manage to win votes from working people and therefore ...
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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?

I am not sure about how it would apply to the UK, but a few decades ago Baoudouin of Belgium did not want to approve an abortion bill. The loophole he used was getting himself to be declared "...
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What are the arguments for allowing MPs in the UK to work second jobs?

One point not (I think) made in existing answers: Being an MP is not, in itself, a stable career: an election can be called at any point and you might then find yourself unemployed at short notice. If ...
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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?

Nowadays Royal Assent (Wikipedia) is widely considered to be a formality and in normal circumstances (e.g. no public emergency) its outright refusal would provoke many people to wonder why the monarch ...
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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?

There is a lesser known procedure known as Queen's (now probably King's consent) that can be used by the monarch to vet laws before they are approved by parliament. Apparently the procedure applies ...
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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?

Clause 2 of the Bill. Literally instructs judges to ignore safeguards in UK and international law. Safety of the Republic of Rwanda. (1) Every decision-maker must conclusively treat the Republic of ...
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