Westminster Watch

Westminster Watch

The rule of law is seen by Michael Gove as “the most precious asset” of any civilised society. Mark Hatcher reports on the new Lord Chancellor’s first weeks in office... read more

Westminster Watch

Mark Hatcher examines the Magna Carta celebrations, The Queen’s Speech and the new Government’s legislative programme The political significance of Magna Carta was not lost... read more

Westminster Watch

Mark Hatcher on the General Election, the new Lord Chancellor, members of the Bar elected to the Commons and the first all-Tory meeting of the Cabinet for 18 years We were... read more

Westminster Watch

Ahead of the General Election, Mark Hatcher takes a look at the main parties’ pledges on justice and considers the impact of a Coalition deal “There’s no point asking... read more

Westminster Watch

With Parliament dissolving for the election, Mark Hatcher looks ahead to the manifestos and the importance they place on preserving our system of justice. The dissolution... read more

Westminster Watch

Mark Hatcher on the Public Accounts Committee and its devastating report into the legal aid reforms. The veteran Whitehall watcher, Professor Peter Hennessy who now... read more

Westminster Watch

With the General Election date fixed four years ago, the attention of all at Westminster is now on May 2015. Mark Hatcher reports on the parties’ plans. read more

Westminster Watch

The Ministry of Justice was subjected to an uncomfortable public grilling on civil legal aid by the Public Accounts Committee, reports Mark Hatcher. When US Secretary of... read more

Westminster Watch

To legislate or not to legislate? As the year draws to a close, Mark Hatcher reviews events in Parliament read more

Westminster Watch

Mark Hatcher examines the recent by-elections and the resulting fall-out for the political parties. The next general election is barely 200 days away but in the past few... read more

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