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Votes, cloaks, and PMQs: how our archaic parliamentary rules foster privilege

From electronic voting to better behaviour during PMQs, it's time to drag parliament out of the 19th century—and foster a true modern democracy

By Anna McMorrin  

MPs in the debating chamber during Prime Minister's Questions. Photo: PA

Look at Westminster from a distance, and it appears to be an anachronism. A place with rules and a culture of its own and more in common with an old boy’s public school or gentleman’s club than what it should be: an open and outward facing seat of democracy that represents all of us.

For most people, the only glimpse into the House of Commons is Prime Minister’s Questions. Noisy and often childlike, it does little to…

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