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how many crossbenchers are there in the lords?
180
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how many hereditary peers are there?
92
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how many religious lords?
26
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what % of HC are ethnic minorites?
2%
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what % of society is ethnic ?
36%
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how many black women were members of parl prior to 2010?
2
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how many women in HC?
146
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how old is the youngest/oldest MP
Nash (28) and Tapsell (82)
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how many black women in 2010?
7
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how many black MPs?
27
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how many white MP's?
623
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prior to 1999, how many tory's?
in-built tory majority- over 200 more tories than labour
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what were torys called?
backwoodsmen- used to block legislation
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blair changed this but he also did something before hand
tony's cronies- packed chamber with supporters
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how many peers in 2010?
labour has 15 more
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who did blair elevate in 2005?
andrew adonis
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what was andrew adonis later made?
education minister
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who did blair award for political service in 2004?
Phillip Gould his private pollster
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when was the norton and newton report?
2000 and 2001
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what did these reports propose?
widening and strengthening of select committees
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what is the most high profile committee?
public accounts committee
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which committee did blair agree to meet
public liason committee
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how many MP's under major had their whip removed?
1994. 8 due to disloyalty over maastricht treaty
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which backbenchers prioritised role as watchdogs
dennis skinner and tony benn
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what did vince cable say about brown and cameras in PMQ
'went from stalin to mr bean'
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example of career politican entering the chamber
david milliband
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how many days applicable to opposition?
20
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what is commons liason committee?
quizes PM at portcullis house in boothroyd room
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who is the current chief whip?
george young
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what year did callaghan lose the vote of no confidence
1979
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what is a private bill?
granting a dispensation from law
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what private members bill was brought in?
1967 abortion act
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what bill did lords block in 2012?
assisted suicide bill
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what was 1911 parliament act?
replaced the right to veto legislation as a result of lords attempt to block the 1909 budget
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when was salisbury doctrine?
1945
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what was it?
established convention lords shouldnt oppose bills at 2nd reading if gov included it in manifesto
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what was 1949 parliament act?
reduced power of delay to one parliamentary session
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when was 1949 parl act used?
hunting act 2004
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when was house of lords act?
1999
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what was weatherhill ammendment?
92 hereditaries allowed to stay prior to further reform
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how many hereditary peers prior to 1999?
759
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what was 2001 white paper?
lab proposed 2nd chamber of 600 members, 20% directly elected
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what happened to it?
opposition rejected it in 2003
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what was 2007 white paper?
upper chamber 50:50 elected/appointed, elections under regional list, lords rejected but HC in favour
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when was prevention of terrorism bill?
2005
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what was terrorism bill dubbed?
longest day in parliament
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how many hours was terrorism bill?
28 and a half
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who opposed the gov on all 11 divisions?
MP's including clare short
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what were the commons rebellions?
labour rebellions on 11/12 votes
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what did lords force?
sunset clause
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what was sunset clause
under amendment, parl could review it at a later date
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example of lords scrutiny effectivness?
holding gov to account between 1979-1997
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example of lords usefulness in blocking
formidable barrier to new labour legislative programme after 1997 due to majority in commons
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how many select committees?
19
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what are the political constraints on parliamentary sovereignity?
EU, media, international monetary fund, pressure groups, electorate
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how does gov dominate the house?
majority, sets the agenda, determines legislative programme, controls flow of info to parl
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how does gov dominate the house?
monopolises the time and almost always wins
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who described it as an 'elective dictatorship'?
1974 lord halisham
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what was he alarmed at?
how gov could use its strict whipping system to drive through legislation
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