Essay On Labour Constitutional Reforms

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Has Labours Programme of Constitutional Reform been a success? The election of 1997 which brought Labour back into Government, brought a vast change to Britain. Tony Blair, the leader of the Labour Party had shown great interest in a new programme in which the Party were to under go, known as constitutional reform. Ever since the 1960’s there had been calls for constitutional reform in the UK, as in many other democratic countries who had also been interested in re-writing and revising constitutions to make them dated, and suited to the time. Britain having a flexible constitution, made it easier for Labour to change the British Constitution. To come to a conclusive decision whether Labour were successful in their constitutional reform, all elements of the changes they made…show more content…
Labour made the changes to the Scottish and Welsh Assembly, by implementing proportional representation. Labour also wanted to use the SV system for the European elections to Parliament, as well as the AMS system for the election of London Mayor. In 1997, Labour promised a referendum on electoral reform, however this did not occur, and the Jenkins Commission report was introduced which suggested a system called alternative vote plus. Unfortunately, this report was not looked into any further, which caused a lot of disappointment, as many people felt like this was the best proportional system. Proportional Systems mean that all parties can have an influence, and those Parties which are not successful in the general election could be more success in the European Parliament, UKIP gained 12 seats in the European parliament in 2003 but did not gain any in the general election. However it can be argued that PR will not make a strong Government, as non proportional systems can be said to create strong Government as the party will have a robust structure and enough
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