What is the Opposition?
The Opposition is the party or coalition
that holds the second largest number of seats in the House of
party or coalition. It is the main alternative to the Government
of the day.
What does the Opposition do?
The Opposition keeps a check on the
actions of the Government and has an important role in guaranteeing
Opposition scrutinises all areas of government activity
and policy and makes sure that the Government is answerable
Question Time is an example of public scrutiny in action.
the main political alternative to the Government, the Opposition
must present voters with a realistic choice.
To do this, it
develops its own policies on all areas of government
Opposition may suggest changes to government bills or
propose its own bills.
Most of the time, the Opposition
and the Government work together to ensure that the House’s
business is completed. Committees are a good example of this,
as they are made up of government and
opposition Members working together on the same issue.