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To what extent have the coalition governments proposals to reform the UK constitution been controversial?

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To what extent have the coalition government?s proposals to reform the UK constitution been controversial? A coalition government is where two or more political parties join together in parliament to run the government and agree on a policy programme. There are many constitutional reforms that the current coalition government have proposed including the House of Lords reform, the reduction of MPs and changing of constituency boundaries, and the introduction of fixed term parliaments. The House of Lords reform is a reorganisation of which the government wanted four-fifths of members of a reformed House of Lords to be elected. They would have served 15-year terms of office, after which they could not run for re-election. ...read more.

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The government has published detailed plans for the re-drawing of constituency boundaries, which were consulted upon around the country. MPs were asked before Christmas to appeal against changes of which they disapproved. The Boundary Commission will publish its revised plans next year and these are expected to be decided on by Parliament by October 2013. These plans seem on track to be completed by 2015. This has been controversial because it means number of MPs will lose their seat in the House of Commons and therefore the outcomes of votes may change future laws of our country. A less controversial constitutional reform has been the introduction of fixed term parliament. The Bill fixes the date of the next General Election at 7 May 2015, and provides for five-year fixed terms. ...read more.

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However, one argument against having a fixed term parliament is that it means longer campaigns. Having a longer campaign period means that, like in the USA, election campaigns can start a lot earlier than usual. Therefore, having a set date can mean that a lot of the political party?s time can be devoted to electioneering. This reform would be controversial because there are many positives and negatives about it and would change the entire electoral structure completely. In conclusion, I believe that to coalition government?s proposals to reform the UK have been very controversial. I believe this because some of the reforms (e.g. fixed term parliament, House of Lords reform) can have major consequences on the way politics is structured and the outcomes of some of the laws passed in the country. Harry Broady ...read more.

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