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The best way to make parliament fairer? Introduce a House Business Committee

Change is well overdue: the current system of the "Usual Channels" makes the courts of medieval monarchs look open

By John Bercow   October 2017

Speaker John Bercow has a proposal that could make Parliament more democratic. Photo: PA

Times of great upheaval often yield unexpectedly positive outcomes and, in the case of the expenses scandal, this outcome was the establishment of the Reform Committee of the House of Commons, known as the Wright Committee, named after the former Labour MP Tony Wright. Although there was no direct correlation between the political authority of the House of Commons and its members ordering bath plugs and duck houses on the company card, there was a pervasive…

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