The UK Supreme Court meets today to consider the legality of the suspension of Parliament (Picture: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire)

Is Boris Johnson’s prorogation legal? Why Scottish and English judges don’t agree – and why it matters

In the distant past, parliament would meet when the monarch wished it. But the UK constitution has moved on from those days – at least in that the Queen exercises her power to prorogue parliament only on government advice. But events of the past few weeks have prompted questions about whether the prime minister can seek to suspend parliament at will, for any reason, and for any duration, writes Dr Asif Hameed.

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Lucy Hunter Blackburn: Sex question should stick to birth certificate

Since 1801, the census has asked members of every household in the UK whether they are male or female, as a simple, binary sex question. For 200 years, the authorities responsible for the census did not consider it necessary to guide respondents in answering this question. Indeed, it is an established point of principle that census questions should be self-explanatory to people from all backgrounds and levels of education.

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