The watchdog that would have scrutinised the end of the Human Rights Act just got quietly scrapped

The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, which was originally established for the duration of the 2010 parliament, was scrapped following a meeting of party whips.

The UK faces huge constitutional changes in the forthcoming parliament with a referendum on  membership of the European Union set to be held within the next two years.

The Government also has plans to redraw parliamentary constituency boundaries in a way that could be advantageous to the Conservative party.