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The Government’s Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission


At the last election, the Government committed, in its first year, to setting up a “Constitution, Democracy & Rights Commission” to look at “the broader aspects of our constitution” and “come up with proposals to restore trust in our institutions and in how our democracy operates”. The Government outlined a range of areas the Commission would focus on:

• the relationship between the Government, Parliament and the courts;

• the functioning of the Royal Prerogative;

• the role of the House of Lords;

• access to justice for ordinary people;

• the ability of our security services to defend us against terrorism and organised crime;

• ensuring a “proper balance between the rights of individuals, our vital national security and effective government” by updating the Human Rights Act; and

• judicial review: ensuring its availability “to protect the rights of the individuals against an overbearing state” but “ensuring that it is not abused to conduct politics by another means or to create needless delays”. (Conservative Party Manifesto, p. 48)

So far, the Government have made no announcements about the form or timing of the Commission beyond the commitments made in the Conservative Manifesto and Queen’s speech.

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  • Address: Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA