English votes for English laws – in action

Passing in October of last year, English votes for English laws was first put into practice this week on a housing bill in the Commons.

Where parts of a bill are deemed to only affect England, or England and Wales, a new stage is added to the usual law-making process at which only MPs for English – or English and Welsh – constituencies can vote. (BBC News)

This is great evidence for an essay on the UK Constitution or Parliament (Unit 2) or for Democracy in the UK (Unit 1). In this case, it is essentially a change to the UK constitution, therefore showing it to be flexible, evolutionary, etc. It is also a change to Parliament (whether you want to argue that it has made Parliament/Commons more democratic or not is very much down to you and the way you are writing!).

A simple, but powerful examples to keep your essays up to date!