To what extent have constitutional reforms since 1997 made the UK more democratic?

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To what extent have constitutional reforms since 1997 made the UK more democratic?

There have been many constitutional reforms since 1997 that is progressive towards a more democratic system, however it is not a complete democracy and there are still parts of the constitution could be improved. In 1997 Labour government came to power, with tony blair as prime minister, later Gordon Brown came to power between 2007 to 2010 have made a series of constitutional reforms. This was due to the fact that many practices of british politics were out of date, and therefore sought to modernise the constitution. Another main issue was that the central parliament, Westminster has too much power and therefore the labour party sought to decentralize
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Mayoral Elections were first introduced in 1985. During the time Thatcher was in power, she abolished the way the london mayor is elected by which is supplementary vote. The supplementary vote system was reintroduced in 1997 by Blair. This was one of the constitutional reforms of the London government. The Greater London Authority (GLA) is in the top tier administrative body for greater london which was established in 1995. The GLA consists of 25 elected members and an elected Mayor with scrutiny powers. It is a strategic regional authority, with powers over transport, policing, economic development, and fire and emergency planning. The reform of the London government is an example of devolution, but specific to london which give many benefits. Such as Influential decisions, such as lon 2012


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