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