Conclusion : thinking seriously about starting over

Judge, David and Leston-Bandeira, Cristina; Judge, David and Leston-Bandeira, Cristina, eds. (2024) Conclusion : thinking seriously about starting over. In: Reimagining Parliament. Bristol University Press, Bristol, 142–155. ISBN 9781529227024 (

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This chapter examines how the foundational principles identified in preceding chapters – primarily engagement, connectedness, accessibility, inclusion, equality, fairness, responsiveness, accountability, wellness, ethical propriety, sustainability and flexibility – guide the rethinking of parliamentary space, connectivity and interaction in Westminster. The breadth of reimagining is mapped in an indicative listing of practical proposals which can be derived from the deployment of these principles in each chapter. Yet, in different ways, each chapter also reveals how the boundaries of institutional reimagining illuminate the systemic constraints of the UK’s polity and society. In turn this prompts questions about the necessity of further serious thinking about reimagining the broader institutions and processes of parliamentary democracy and parliamentary government in the UK. The chapter concludes, therefore, with a call for cascaded reimagining of these systemic features by others.