Elections in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Robinson v Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
    • House of Lords
    • 25 Julio 2002

    The 1998 Act does not set out all the constitutional provisions applicable to Northern Ireland, but it is in effect a constitution. So to categorise the Act is not to relieve the courts of their duty to interpret the constitutional provisions in issue. But the provisions should, consistently with the language used, be interpreted generously and purposively, bearing in mind the values which the constitutional provisions are intended to embody.

    I think that section 16(8) operates in a similar but in one respect significantly different way. Like sections 16(2) and (3) it does not implicitly confer a power to elect the First Minister and deputy First Minister; it assumes the existence of such a power the source of which lies elsewhere.

  • R (The Good Law Project) v Electoral Commission
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 14 Septiembre 2018

    For example, FRS 102, the Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK, defines “expenses” as “decreases in economic benefits during the reporting period in the form of outflows or depletions of assets or incurrences of liabilities that result in decreases in equity, other than those relating to distributions to equity investors.”

    An example discussed in oral argument which provides a good means of testing these conclusions is a case involving spending for referendum purposes on travel and accommodation. Suppose that during a referendum campaign volunteers affiliated with a particular campaign organisation (which is a permitted participant) travel from London to Birmingham by rail to attend a public meeting and stay in a hotel overnight.

    The position would have been different if the money had been given to Mr Grimes for him to use however he chose in promoting a ‘leave’ outcome of the referendum. Such general donations would not in our view have constituted referendum expenses incurred by Vote Leave.

  • R (Miller and Another) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union; Re McCord's application
    • Supreme Court
    • 24 Enero 2017

    The prerogative power to make treaties depends on two related propositions. The second proposition is that, although they are binding on the United Kingdom in international law, treaties are not part of UK law and give rise to no legal rights or obligations in domestic law.

  • R (Wheeler) v Office of the Prime Minister
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 25 Junio 2008

    In our judgment, it is clear that the introduction of a Bill into Parliament forms part of the proceedings within Parliament. It is governed by the Standing Orders of the House of Commons (see, in particular, standing order 57(1)). It is done by a Member of Parliament in his capacity as such, not in any capacity he may have as a Secretary of State or other member of the government.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • Clientélisme et Elections
    • Núm. 4-4, Octubre 1983
    • International Political Science Review / Revue internationale de science politique
    Cet article est une tentative de caractérisation des principaux traits de la machine politique mise en oeuere pied et consolidée dans l'état de Rio de Janeiro depuis 1965 sous le leadership de Chag...
  • Elections To Membership
    • Núm. 5-17, Septiembre 1948
    • Probation Journal
  • Elections To Membership
    • Núm. 4-11, Abril 1945
    • Probation Journal
  • Elections To Membership
    • Núm. 4-8, Junio 1944
    • Probation Journal
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