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Daily and Sunday Politics manifesto tracker: Constitution

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Welcome to the Daily and Sunday Politics manifesto tracker. As the name suggests, it tracks the progress the government is making - or not - in achieving the promises made by the Conservatives in their 2015 general election manifesto and major policy announcements.

The traffic light scorecard above shows the current status of all of the policies. The tracker will be updated over the course of this parliament.

The tracker has been broken down into policy areas, which can be explored by clicking on each of the links below.

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This section deals with constitutional matters.

CONSTITUTION

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Scrap the Human Rights Act and introduce a British Bill of Rights

- Manifesto, page 60

  • This was included in the 2016 Queen's Speech. The government says it will consult fully on proposals for a Bill of Rights and announce further details in due course
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Implement Wales' devolution settlement

- Manifesto, page 70

  • The Wales Bill is currently progressing through Parliament. The Bill resets the devolution boundary in Wales, whilst also devolving further powers to the Welsh Assembly and the Welsh ministers
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Legislate to deliver the historic deal for Greater Manchester, which will devolve powers and budgets and lead to the creation of a directly elected Mayor for Greater Manchester

- Manifesto, page 13

  • A major city deal for Manchester was announced in July 2015 and an interim directly elected Mayor for Manchester is now in office. The first election will take place in May 2017
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English votes for English laws

- Manifesto, page 69

  • The standing orders of the House of Commons have been changed to introduce a new stage for bills that only affect England, allowing MPs representing English constituencies to veto them
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Reduce the number of MPs to 600

- Manifesto, page 49

  • The UK Boundary Commissions published initial proposals for England, Wales and Northern Ireland in September 2016. Initial proposals for Scotland are due to be published in October 2016. There will be public consultation on these proposals including public hearings
  • The Boundary Commissions must submit their final reports to the government by 1 October 2018
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A new Scotland Bill will be in the first Queen's Speech and will be introduced in the first session of a new parliament

- Manifesto, page 70

  • The Scotland Act received Royal Assent in March 2016
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Implement the recommendations of the Smith Commission so that more than 50% of the Scottish Parliament's budget will be funded from revenues raised in Scotland and it will have significant new welfare powers

- Manifesto, page 70

  • The Scotland Act received Royal Assent in March 2016. The Act delivered the legislative recommendations of the Smith Commission, allowing for the Scottish Parliament to become responsible for raising more than 50% of what it spends. Some £15bn of welfare expenditure will remain reserved to Westminster; £2.5bn will be devolved

Work to implement fully and faithfully the historic Stormont House Agreement

- Manifesto, page 71

  • The Fresh Start Agreement of November 2015 delivered the finance and welfare sections of the Stormont House Agreement. Other aspects were covered by the Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Act which received Royal Assent in May 2016

Continue to seek agreement on a comprehensive package of party funding reform

- Manifesto, page 49

  • An opt-in process for union subscriptions is included in the Trade Union Act which received Royal Assent in May 2016
  • In the 2015 Spending Review, George Osborne announced a 19% reduction in the funding for opposition parties, known as Short Money which would have saved the government £11m. In March 2016 those proposals were modified with the government announcing that spending on Short Money would be reduced by 10.6 per cent, saving £3.6m over the course of this parliament
  • The government has also said it is open to further dialogue on ways to support small-scale political fundraising

Strikes should only ever be the result of a clear, positive decision based on a ballot in which at least half the workforce has voted

- Manifesto, page 18

  • Forms part of the Trade Union Act which received Royal Assent in May 2016
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Introduce a strike threshold for essential public services (health, education, fire and transport) of at least 40% of those entitled to take part

- Manifesto, page 18

  • Forms part of the Trade Union Act which received Royal Assent in May 2016

Repeal nonsensical restrictions banning employers from hiring agency staff to provide essential cover during strikes

- Manifesto, page 19

  • The government consulted on this in summer 2015 but the change was not included in the Trade Union Act 2016

Ensure strikes cannot be called on the basis of ballots conducted years before

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- Manifesto, page 19

  • Forms part of the Trade Union Act which received Royal Assent in May 2016

Legislate to ensure trade unions use a transparent opt-in process for union subscriptions

- Manifesto, page 19

  • Forms part of the Trade Union Act which received Royal Assent in May 2016

Tighten the rules around taxpayer-funded paid "facility time" for union representatives

- Manifesto, page 19

  • Forms part of the Trade Union Act which received Royal Assent in May 2016

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