The Wright committee (formally Select Committee on the Reform of the House of Commons) was established in July 2009 to bring forward proposals to strengthen Parliament, in particular giving more power to backbenchers. It was initiated by Gordon Brown as Prime Minister, and its proposals have been endorsed by leaders of all three main parties (including in the May 2010 coalition agreement). Some of the committee’s proposals have been implemented already, and others are still awaited. The most urgent action needed in the new parliament is the creation of a Backbench Business Committee.
For details of reforms agreed and reform still awaited, click here.
This website has been established by a coalition of groups outside Parliament, to encourage support for the Wright committee recommendations. We will provide updates on developments to any who register with this site. The website also contains examples of our campaign resources (most recently a briefing sent to all MPs on 24 May 2010), and a ‘resources‘ section with links to relevant documents, including reports from the Wright committee, parliamentary debates on its recommendations, briefing papers by the House of Commons library and newspaper and magazine articles about it.
We are a coalition of groups, with interests in democracy and constitutional reform. We are all non party aligned, and we often take different views on the merits of reform. But we have been united in pressing for the Wright committee recommendations to be taken up in full.