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Lessons learned from the Parliament Act

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The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, gave a speech to the Mile End Group on 20 October 2010 on the impact of the 1911 Parliament Act on the 2011 Parliament.

The act asserted the supremacy of the House of Commons by limiting the legislation-blocking powers of the House of Lords.

It also reduced the maximum life of a Parliament from seven years to five years.

Speaker Bercow claimed that the act was the result of the 1906 General Election that produced a large majority for the Liberal Party.

He stressed that the act continued to have an impact on the role of the Speaker, as he or she must decide which legislation should be sole preserve of the Commons.

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