Monthly Archives: June 2011

The week in Westminster…

This week I am based almost wholly in Westminster, a combination of parliamentary business and the fact that students still working on projects are my students  in Westminster.   The teaching semester has finished in Hull. On Monday, it was a … Continue reading

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Keeping it short

Lord Grenfell As some readers may have noticed, I was followed in last week’s debate on the Government’s proposals for the House of Lords by Lord Grenfell: “Lord Grenfell:My Lords, following the noble Lord, Lord Norton of Louth, I am … Continue reading

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Summer writing

I presently have four book chapters completed and awaiting publication (on the Englishness of Westminster, Margaret Thatcher as Leader of the Opposition, Constitutional Change and the Tensions of Liberal Democracy, and Coalition Cohesion) as well as an article, on a … Continue reading

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Speaker’s Lectures

The lecture on Enoch Powell is no longer available on the BBC iPlayer site.  It has been added to the BBC Democracy Live site which has all the lectures given so far in the series of Speaker’s Lectures to mark the … Continue reading

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Debating the future of the Lords

This week, we had a two-day debate in the Lords on the Government’s White Paper on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill.  I was in the chamber for most of the debate, hence the light blogging this week.   Perhaps … Continue reading

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Powell Lecture on iPlayer

For anyone who would like to see the lecture on Enoch Powell, it is now available from BBC Parliament on iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0122hdn/1911_Centenary_Lecture_Enoch_Powell/

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Joint Committee on the House of Lords Reform Draft Bill

Lord Richard As some readers have noticed, The Times on Friday carried a report identifying some of the peers who are to be nominated to serve on the Joint Committee on the House of Lords Reform Draft Bill.   It reported that I … Continue reading

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Speaker’s Lecture

I delivered my lecture on Enoch Powell last night as one of the lectures organised by the Speaker, John Bercow, to mark the centenary of the passage of the 1911 Parliament Act.  I focused on Enoch Powell as parliamentarian and what … Continue reading

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That’s a new one….

As regular readers will know, I get letters addressed in all sorts of ways.  However, today I received one that began ‘Dear Baroness Lord Norton’.  Hmm, not sure how to respond.  Any suggestions?

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What is the point of…

Smiling too much to be Victor Meldrew What people do with their bodies and their lives is entirely a matter for them – I am not in the business of dictating what other people do – but what exactly is … Continue reading

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