Considering how the British policy process deals with "conscience" issues, this book covers eight topics discussed by Parliament in the last quarter of a century - abortion, censorship, divorce, Sunday trading, homosexuality, war crimes, disability rights and animal welfare.
'Conscience and Parliament is a timely successor to Peter Richards's seminal treatment of this subject in 1970, Parliament and Conscience. It surveys much the same battlefields but updates the acount of the contests.' - Political Quarterly
'[This book is] still the authority when it comes to studying "conscience" issues in politics and essential reading … extremely thorough examination which is good background reading for those studying current political hot potatoes.' - Christian Socialist Magazine
'This is a nicely-produced, timely and useful book which details how Parliament has dealt with a number of "conscience" issues … the chapters are uniformly well written, informative and interesting.' - EPOP Newsletter
'The difference a good index can make is well illustrated by Philip Cowley"s edited volume … it is a well planned and executed book, made all the more valuable by the excellent concluding chapter.' - Parliamentary Affairs