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Constitutional implications of coalition government

The House of Lords Constitution Committee conducted an inquiry into the constitutional implications of coalition government.

Inquiry concluded, Report and Government Response published. Report debated in Chamber on 13 May 2014

In recent decades the nature of party politics in the UK has changed considerably. The 2010 general election produced a hung parliament and the first peacetime coalition government since the 1930's.

It may be that government otherwise than by a single party with a Commons majority will become more common in future; the constitutional implications of this change, however, have not been fully explored.

The Constitution Committee conducted an inquiry into the constitutional implications of coalition government.

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The Members of the Constitution Committee have declared the following interests in relation to this inquiry:

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