Petition: Stop the Government controlling Parliament’s business

(Currently awaiting approval before publication on Parliament’s website)

Currently the Prime Minister appoints the Leader of the House of Commons, which effectively gives the Executive control of Parliament’s legislative agenda. This is unnecessary when Parliament and Government are in harmony but severely compromises Parliament’s independence when they’re not.

It is Parliament’s job to make the laws we’re governed by, and the Government’s job to govern within those laws. Allowing the Executive to control Parliament’s legislative agenda violates the separation of powers that is a key element of the checks and balances that a mature political system needs.

We ask that the Leader of the House of Commons be appointed by MPs, using a voting system that maximises their ability to demonstrate which candidates have their trust.

As of 12th September, this petition is waiting for pre-publication approval (which usually takes a week or so, but can take three weeks or more).

This is one of a number of constitutional reform petitions I’ve started. Please also look at the others and sign any that you agree with. (Link opens in a new tab)


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