Monthly Archives: July 2010

Ministerial training

Jeff Randall at the Daily Telegraph has written an amusing article assessing the peformance of the pupils in what he calls ‘Cabinet College’.  However, there is a serious aspect to study by ministers.  Most have had no previous ministerial experience.  I … Continue reading

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Germany-bound

I leave at the beginning of next week to visit the University of Bamberg in Germany.  It is a university with a distinguished history and is housed in a town that is a World Heritage site.  I am speaking at … Continue reading

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Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians

Every other year, wearing my hat as Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull, I organise a Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians, designed – as the name suggests – to bring academics and practitioners together.  … Continue reading

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The name of Norton

I see someone reached this site earlier this week by typing in to the search engine: ‘What sort of surname is Norton’.  I like to think the answer is ‘a rather fine one’. Norton as far as I am aware … Continue reading

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How little they know…

We get a lot of lobbying material.  Much of it is clearly part of a mass mailing.  Some is well targeted.  Some is not.  I have just received a letter which begins: ‘Dear Lord Norton, Given your interest in sports…’.    … Continue reading

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Constitutional reform

On Wednesday, the Constitution Committee in the Lords took evidence on the Government’s constitutional reform programme.  We had a panel of Peter Riddell, Professor Robert Hazell and Professor Robert Blackburn.  It was extremely productive.   We covered fixed-term Parliaments, the referendum on … Continue reading

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Lots of maidens

We continue to have new peers introduced, most often now three at a time.  The influx of new peers not only puts pressure on space (in the chamber and in office resources) it also means that we are having a large … Continue reading

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Hull’s finest

As I mentioned in a previous post, I had to be in Hull last Wednesday for the summer graduation ceremony.  After the ceremony, the Politics Department holds a reception in a marquee on the lawn by the Wilberforce Building, which houses … Continue reading

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A new group

On Tuesday, I attended the inaugural meeting of an all-party group.  This one was well attended!  It is a new group on the constitution.  I was elected as chair.  The purpose of the group is to provide information on constitutional … Continue reading

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Not quite right

In yesterday’s Daily Mail,  Richard Kay noted that Lord Heseltine has yet to make his maiden speech in the Lords, adding: “Perhaps he should take notes from his Conser­vative colleague ­Baroness Morris of ­Bolton, Deputy Leader of the House and the … Continue reading

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