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What is the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill?

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is a piece of legislation passing through the Houses of Parliament which proposes an overhaul…

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What is the Commonwealth?

The Commonwealth of Nations, also known as the Commonwealth, is a voluntary grouping of 54 countries, nearly all of which were formerly…

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What is the Intergovernmental Relations Review?

The Intergovernmental Relations Review (IGR) was published in January 2022. It follows a process of joint review by the UK government and…

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What are financial services?

Financial services are the economic services provided by the finance sector to individuals, households and firms in order to facilitate various kinds…

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What is the Confederation of British Industry?

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is a non-profit organisation which represents the interests of 190,000 business, making it the largest such…

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What is the “Northern Powerhouse”?

In June 2014, then-Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne stated that England’s northern cities were ‘collectively not strong enough’ and argued that…

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When is the next general election?

The timing of the next general election is uncertain. The Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill (at the time of writing) has…

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What is sleaze?

In British politics, ‘Sleaze’ is a common term used to describe accusations of misconduct, misbehavior and corruption. ‘Sleaze’ first entered the political…

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What is HS2?

HS2 (High Speed 2) is a planned new high-speed railway line between London and the midlands and north of England, comprised of…

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What is the Committee on Standards?

The Committee on Standards is the parliamentary committee that looks at cases put before it by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards  concerning…

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Who is the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards?

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards is an independent officer who investigates allegations that MPs have breached the House of Commons’ Code of…

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What is Nord Stream 2?

Nord Stream 2 is a system of two offshore natural gas pipelines running from Ust-Luga in Russia to Lubmin in Germany. This…

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