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What are Free votes?

Post by: 20/04/2018 0 comments 2240 views

This video summarizes what free votes are, and their role in the wider Parliamentary system.

Video Information

This video covers:

  • Free votes are votes where no whipping is enforced.
  • Thus MP’s are left to decide for themselves on personal conviction alone.
  • Free Votes usually are on matters of morality or ethics.
Information for Teachers

Teachers can use this video as an introductory tool for students, at the start of a lesson, or as a summary at the end.

The video provides a sound summary of main topic areas and covers key points, including:

  • The voting and wider procedure of Parliament.
  • The importance of separation between party manifesto and matters of deep moral importance.

With thanks to

  • Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP
  • Baroness Boothroyd

Image – House of Commons (UK Parliament-Catherine Bebbington)

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