Talk:Salisbury Convention

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I do not have the wikipedia know-how to do this, but this page desperately needs change.


" The Salisbury doctrine, as generally understood today, means that the House of Lords should not reject at second or third reading Government Bills brought from the House of Commons for which the Government has a mandate from the nation. It had its origins in the doctrine of the mandate developed by the third Marquess of Salisbury, Prime Minister in 1885 and from 1886–1892 and 1895–1902, as part of his effort to perpetuate the influence of the House in an age of widening suffrage. Salisbury, a Conservative who sat in the Lords from 1868 until his death in 1903, developed a doctrine of the mandate over this period which argued that the will of the people and the views expressed by the House of Commons did not necessarily coincide, and that in consequence, the House of Lords had an obligation to reject, and hence refer back to the electorate, particularly contentious Bills, usually involving a revision of the constitutional settlement, which had been passed by the Commons. "

Thanks, I have made some of the above modifications (article previously contained details clearly contradicted by the parliament document linked to above), 09/02/2009. Jamie B, Manchester UK. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:09, 9 February 2009 (UTC)