Tories plan radical Commons reform

October 5, 2009 at 10:51 pm Leave a comment

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by ePolitix.com

The Conservatives have pledged to shake up the way legislation is passed by the Commons, opening it up to more public scrutiny through the internet.

One key measure is expected to be a new stage for parliamentary bills which will allow voters to reject and rewrite clauses.

And a Tory government will reform Parliament in order to help it “claw back” control of its own agenda, Sir George Young has said.

Addressing the Conservative party conference in Manchester, the shadow leader of the Commons said that he intended to “loosen the stranglehold of the executive” over the legislature.

“Parliament doesn’t need modernising by the Labour Party, it needs strengthening by the Conservatives,” he said.

Sir George announced that a Conservative government would give more power to MPs to decide what they debate, rather than government retaining sole control over the whole Commons agenda.

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