There was another late sitting last night in order to complete committee stage of the Fixed-term Parliaments Bill. I had some amendments down and spoke to those as well as contributing to discussions on other amendments. The more we discussed the provisions, the more apparent were the problems associated with trying to codify existing conventions. Conferring responsibility for certifying what constitutes a vote of no confidence on the Speaker was roundly condemned by two former Speakers, Baroness Boothroyd and Lord Martin.
The House rose at 1.03 a.m. As I left the chamber, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, who was leading for the Opposition, stopped me to discuss the Bill. We were then joined by the minister, Lord Wallace of Tankerness. We had a fruitful discussion, but it meant I did not get away until after 1.30 a.m.
I was conscious that I had a full programme for today….