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55% Commons threshold 'protects the Lib Dems'

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MPs have condemned the new government's plans to introduce fixed-term five-year parliaments and raise the threshold at which parliament can be dissolved to 55 percent of a Commons vote.

Professor Robert Hazell, director of the Constitution Unit, UCL, and John Gummer, a former Tory Minister and party chairman, examine the pros and cons of the proposals.


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