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  • Parliament
    • Functions
      • debating major issues
      • Redress of grievances-the electorate can change things
      • making legislation-"ping pong process"
      • scrutiny of the executive-
      • sustaining government
      • Financial scrutiny- annual budget, MP fiddling expenses
      • Representation-Mp's are accountable to the electorate
    • Parliamentary sovereignty
      • parliament is the source of all political power, no one may have political power unless it has been granted by the electorate
      • Laws made  and passed by parliament must be enforced by the courts and other authorities
      • Parliament is not bound by it's predessesors
        • Laws made  and passed by parliament must be enforced by the courts and other authorities
    • Factortame case
      • EU overruled UK by letting spanish vessels fish in British waters even though our laws should have prevented that.
    • Reform of Parliament
      • Weekly PMQ's
      • Freedom of information Act 2000
      • both make parliament more transparent
      • Reform under brown and cameron
        • fixed term parliament
        • referendum on av
        • Public initiated bills- 100,000 people
        • public reading stage- public are allowed to read bills before they are passed
  • constraints  of parliamentary sovereignty
    • EU membership
    • Executive
    • Media
    • the electorate +pressure groups
  • Reform under brown and cameron
    • fixed term parliament
    • referendum on av
    • Public initiated bills- 100,000 people
    • public reading stage- public are allowed to read bills before they are passed

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