An Age Old Tradition For The House Of Commons

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Introduction Westminster has an age old tradition for the use of division lobbies. The method of voting in the lobbies for Members of both Houses has remained relatively untouched since its inception, after the great fire of 1834 . The introduction of deferred divisions in 2004 was considered to be a reform too far for many members. A more recent development has been the introduction of tablets to record the votes of members. This change was initially brought about in the Lords. The change in the Commons was rushed through by the proposals for double majority votes required under the EVEL legislation. Although the changes would have happened regardless of the need for the double majority votes. The tablets were only used on EVEL votes…show more content…
MPs are the only person out of a constituency of 70,000 or so people who are able to vote. The significance of voting cannot be understated and as such a system that facilitates this must be robust. There are a variety of different voting procedures in place around the world, additionally, there are also different systems used within the UK. Although the current system has been around for hundreds of years, and when Members are elected or appointed they know how the system works, it is not without its user errors. A recent example of this was when Angus McNeil MP hid in the toilet during a vote as he had used the toilet in the lobby, but hadn’t moved out before the vote was called and the doors we locked. This study will aim to assess the current benefits of the voting procedure. It will then go on to outline a few of the current problems and propose changes to improve the system such as making it easier for members to vote, or to make it easier to find out how their representative has voted following a division. Methodology The report aimed to have interviews with a Whip from each party. This, however, did not end up the case. The report was unable to gain an interview with a Labour Whip, although all other major parties were interviewed. The report went on to speak with the three members who
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