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At present Parliament in sessions- a little over half a year this leaves the rest of the year where the activities of the executive are not be held to account and in the past have used it to their advantage to push through secondary legislation. Parliament should sit continually or at least a committee of parliament. Another advantage would be that parliamentary time could be used better and avoid the need for unsocial hours -off putting to many especially those with young families.  

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MP are currently supported by civil servants at Westminster. MPs should also have a civil service funded office in their constituency for their duties associated with their duties as an MP.( but not political activities). Likewise they should be A Parliamentary Hotel for MPs rather than paying varying fees for their own homes. Likewise a warrant card system could be issued for travel between their constituency and parliament.

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There is no justice when citizens cannot afford it. Legal redress is a right for every citizen to ask for but given the current costs of litigation is beyond the reach of the vast majority of people. Barristers and other legal professionals should be employed by a hands off executive agency and their fees should be set  by law. 

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Many countries codify their laws in this way law can be changed by changing a part of the existing code instead of creating whole new statutes which again need interpreting in the courts.

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Suggested clause: All courts should operate a full five day week, year round, with the exception of normal public holidays. Original wording: At present courts sit in sessions which in total amounts to about half a year. This is not justice. The courts needs to function on at least a five day week throughout the year with the exception of normal public holidays. No one should be left on remand because the courts are not in sessionnor is it good use of court facilities to be left unused...

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At the moment  non British citizens can vote in UK elections and given the inherent unfairness of the first past the post system they could skew the result. (Citizens from Ireland and other independent commonwealth countries can vote in UK elections ). This right except with the Irish Republic is not repicrocated. Of course should they take up British citizenship then they should have the vote. At present the UK allows dual citizenship so there is no reason why they can't take up British...

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Having a  constitional monarchy is not necessarily incompatible with a modern equalitarian democracy as countries such as Sweden The Netherlands and  Norway demonstrate- one can see that these nations are some of the most socially progressive nations in the world.  The British monarchy is clearly popular and if put to a referendum the UK would probably remain a monarchy. It is very much brand Britain! My concern is the royal prerogative - a  range of powers derived from the crown- these...

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Ian Hodgson

Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom

Joined this community on Mar 29, 2015

Age
50-59

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Male

Highest level of Education
Postgraduate degree

Should the UK have a written codified constitution?
Yes

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