School of Politics and International Relations

Why the House of Commons is falling apart

5 April 2019

Professor Philip Cowley published an article for the Evening Standard about why the House of Commons is falling apart. He writes: “A-level politics textbooks used to teach that the Westminster system was known for its stability, with governments able to legislate easily through the discipline displayed by MPs.  Instead, we have record-breaking Commons defeats, with the Government forced to allow free votes on matters of key policy. We have front-rank politicians defying their party’s whip yet staying in post; we have MPs breaking away to form parties; while others threaten to vote down their party in votes of confidence.”