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Plans for ministers who aren't in parliament raise concerns for UK democracy – constitutional expert

By Stephen Clear, Lecturer in Constitutional and Administrative Law, and Public Procurement, Bangor University
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The UK prime minister currently chooses his or her ministers from membership of the Houses of Parliament. But a new commission has suggested that the PM should be able to appoint ministers who don’t take seats in the Commons or the Lords.

The recommendations come from a report by the Commission for Smart Government. Set up as a cross-party initiative in 2020, the independent body has been tasked with examining ways in which the machinery of government can be more effective.

The commission argues that giving prime…


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