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MPs PLAN 'SHADOW' HOUSE OF COMMONS

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A second lower chamber of parliament, working in parallel with the commons, is being proposed by senior Labour and ...
A second lower chamber of parliament, working in parallel with the commons, is being proposed by senior Labour and Conservative MPs as a way to breathe life into Westminster, according to The

Observer(p9). The new chamber - probably the grand committee room - would be designed to give backbench MPs a better platform for debate and to relieve pressure on the commons.

The proposal is expected to be canvassed by the commons modernisation committee in a report in the next few weeks and has the support of Clive Soley, chairman of the parliamentary Labour party.

It was put to the speaker of the commons, Betty Boothroyd, at a private meeting last week.

The proposal is modelled on a successful experiment in Australia, where non-contentious debates and legislation are referred to a second chamber. All MPs are entitled to attend and speak.
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