Hansard Society welcomes PM’s plans to strengthen Parliament - 3 Jul, 2007
The Hansard Society, the UK's
leading non-partisan political research and education charity, welcomes Gordon
Brown's commitment to introduce constitutional and parliamentary reform.
Hansard Society Chief Executive,
Fiona Booth, commented: ‘A strong Parliament is the essential backbone of our
representative democracy. While direct democracy techniques may strengthen the
representative system, they are not a solution in themselves - what is needed
is a strong Parliament which has a more equal and independent relationship with
government. Decisions taken by Parliament can have fundamental effects on all
our lives and it is vital that people have trust in how government and Parliament
operate. Gordon Brown's proposed reforms to make Parliament more accountable to
the people are a welcome step towards a strengthened Parliament and a more
vibrant representative democracy.'
‘To achieve a lasting settlement,
reforms must be based on a broad consensus across the political spectrum. The
Hansard Society has worked with all parties and independent voices for many
years and we call on all politicians to work together to strengthen Parliament.
There is still more to be done and we will continue to advocate further
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