Members of Parliament

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on Members of Parliament. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
27.01.2016Maiden Speeches in the House of Commons since 1918
176 Maiden Speeches were made after the 2015 General Election. Stephen Gethins' was the first on 27 May 2015, Heidi Allen's the last on 20 October 2015. The newest MP, Jim McMahon, made his Maiden Speech on 19 January 2016.
26.01.2016Chairs of House of Commons Select Committee: 2010 - present
Chairs of House of Commons Select Committees since the 2010 General Election
26.01.2016Living Former Members of the House of Commons
A list of known living former MPs as at 26 January 2016
22.01.2016Members' Changes of Allegiance
A list of MPs who have changed allegiance from one political party to another or decided to sit as an independent MP.
16.11.2015UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
How democratic is the UK's 'democratic conscience'?
09.11.2015House of Commons Members' Fund
Looks at proposals to reform the House of Commons Members' Fund, set up in 1939, before a pension scheme was established, to help former Members and their dependants who had financial difficulty.
29.09.2015Members and Constituency Etiquette
This note discusses the conventions that have developed as a result of the relationship between individual Members and their constituencies. It covers the issues of constituency casework, raising matters relating to another Member's constituency in the House, and visits and speaking engagements in other constituencies. The Note deals also with the related matter of local precedence.
19.08.2015MPs' Pension Scheme
This note provides an overview of the MPs' Pension Scheme and reforms introduced from May 2015. Further detail on the background can be found in SN 01844 MPs Pension Scheme - background
18.08.2015Women Members of Parliament: Background Paper
This briefing paper provides a list of all the women who have ever been elected to the House of Commons.
28.07.2015General Election 2015
This briefing paper analyses the results of the 2015 General Election. It includes the election results by country, region and party, as well as the full result and turnout for every UK constituency. This is the second edition of the briefing paper, which provides additional analysis and statistics. New chapters in this edition cover seats changing hands, the characteristics of voters for each party, the characteristics of candidates and MPs, the electorate and turnout, safe and marginal seats, by-elections during the last Parliament, polling day, and the marginality of constituencies. The full results are available for download in two CSV files. The election results shown in this Briefing Paper were provided by Returning Officers following the 2015 General Election.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
07.10.2013Maiden Speeches
This House of Lords Library Note provides the text of selected recent maiden speeches to illustrate the range of styles and subjects covered by new Members in their first contribution in the Chamber.
21.07.2011House of Lords Reform: Chronology 1900-2010
This Library Note provides a chronology of key developments in the reform of the House of Lords since 1900.
20.08.2010Maiden Speeches LLN 2010/019
This House of Lords Library Note provides the text of selected recent maiden speeches to illustrate the range of styles and subjects covered by new Members in their first contribution in the Chamber. It also includes an index of Members' maiden speeches in the Lords since 2006.
28.06.2010House of Lords reform 1997-2010: a chronology. LLN 2010/015
House of Lords reform 1997-2010: a chronology This House of Lords Library Note sets out in summary form the principal developments in House of Lords reform under the Labour Government of 1997-2010
25.06.2010Possible implications of House of Lords reform LLN 2010/014
Possible Implications of House of Lords Reform: The purpose of this House of Lords Library Note is to consider the possible consequences of House of Lords reform. An implicit assumption in the Note is that future proposals to reform the Lords will be based on a fully or mainly elected Second Chamber. The major focus of the Note concerns the impact of such reform upon the House itself, its relationship with the House of Commons and Government, but also with the electorate and society more generally.
23.10.2009The Weatherill Amendment: Elected Hereditary Peers (updated October 2009)
The House of Lords Bill 1998-99 sought to abolish the right of all hereditary peers to sit and vote in the House of Lords, and represented the most significant attempt to reform the House for some years. During the Lords consideration of the Bill, Lord Weatherill moved an amendment to allow 92 hereditary peers to remain as Members of the House. Thus the amendment, which was accepted in both Houses and became part of the House of Lords Act 1999, has become known as the 'Weatherill amendment'. This Library Note provides a history of the amendment and outlines developments since 1999.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
14.09.2011Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
12.07.2011Leaks relating to the case of Mr David Laws.
Standards and Privileges Select Committee report [Commons]
12.07.2011John Healey.
Standards and Privileges Select Committee report [Commons]
14.06.2011Former Members sentences to imprisonment.
Standards and Privileges Select Committee report [Commons]
10.05.2011David Laws.
Standards and Privileges Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
05.12.2011PROPOSED COMMONS TWITTER HASHTAG
That this House notes that it is important to keep up with modern communication techniques; further notes that hon. Members are now allowed to tweet from the Chamber; believes that ...
22.11.2011MINISTERIAL RESPONSIBILITIES
That this House believes Ministers who cannot control their Departments should not run Government Departments; further believes that Ministers have ultimate responsibility for their ...
14.11.2011ACTIONS OF BASILDON COUNCIL IN RESPECT OF RICHARD HOWITT MEP
That this House notes with concern the forcible removal of East of England MEP, Richard Howitt, from the official media area of Dale Farm by officials of Basildon Council during the ...
01.11.2011CONTACT BETWEEN HON. MEMBERS AND THEIR CONSTITUENTS
That this House recognises the importance of events such as Parliament Week; acknowledges movesamong some hon. Members to engage which members of the public via social networking sites; ...
20.10.2011PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS
That this House notes the Procedure Committee's recommendations to limit hon. Membersto e-table only five written Parliamentary Questions a day; and believes that this is an affront ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses