Sheffield MP Blunkett says Commons reforms are too cautious

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Sheffield MP David Blunkett, who is stepping down from his post next May, has expressed regret that moves to reform the House of Commons have not gone further.

He said creating a new post of Chief Operating Officer was a minor step forward.

“But subordinating the management of the Commons to the undoubtedly valued role of the Clerk of the House is a reflection of the conservatism of the past rather than addressing the challenges of the future,” Mr Blunkett added.