Committee learns constitutional lessons from New Zealand

20 January 2011

The Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee hears from the former Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, Professor Margaret Wilson, on matters political and constitutional

Meeting information

Thursday 20 January, 10am
Wilson Room, Portcullis House


  • Professor Margaret Wilson, Former Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives


Current UK political issues are mirrored in several aspects of New Zealand politics. For instance, the UK Cabinet Manual, recently published in draft, is modelled on a document which has been in use in New Zealand for several years.

In 1993 a referendum resulted in the adoption of a new voting system for general elections, and since 1996, no single party has held a majority in the New Zealand House of Representatives.

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