This article focuses on the issue of Northern Ireland's representation at Westminster. It investigates the political context of the decision to increase Northern Ireland's representation in the house of commons at Westminster from 12 members to 17 in 1978-9. Exploring this episode in more detail, it is argued, provides a more informed overall understanding of the history of devolution in the UK and of the way issues concerning Northern Ireland often overlapped with questions of constitutional change in Scotland and Wales. The article also throws light on the matter of Northern Ireland MPs and their voting rights at Westminster during Northern Ireland's experience of devolution prior to 1972.
- Northern Ireland; Representation; Westminster Parliament; devolution; Labour government; Ulster Unionism; integration; Kilbrandon Commission; Speaker's Conference.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)
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- School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics - Emeritus Professor