Monthly Archives: September 2011

Lull before the storm

Westminster is proving to be notably quiet in the period between the September sitting and the two Houses resuming next month.  The atrium in Portcullis House is less busy than during the main summer recess.  In part, this may be because … Continue reading

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Unusual visitors?

From today’s Daily Telegraph: “Police officers at the Houses of Parliament have confiscated magic wands, broomsticks, snow boots and even a giant tennis ball from visitors.  Figures released yesterday showed hundreds of items, including three balloons, a boomerang, an egg, … Continue reading

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Reforming committees

I have just done a post on Lords of the Blog about reforming committees in the Lords.  When I chaired the Commission to Strengthen Parliament, which reported in 2000, we recommended that each Bill in the Lords should normally be … Continue reading

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Knowing your age….

I was having lunch today when someone at the next table started using his mobile to ‘phone an Internet company.  He was quite loud, so it was difficult to ignore what he was saying.  (I am usually so engrossed in … Continue reading

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Trust in MPs

I have been looking at the data in the latest survey of public attitudes towards conduct in public life, carried out for the Committee on Standards in Public Life.   One interesting contrast continues to persist in public attitudes towards Members … Continue reading

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Conflicting pressures

There is something of a tension between what electors expect MPs to do and their acceptance of the need to provide the resources necessary to carry out their jobs.  This to some extent is at the back of the expenses’ … Continue reading

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Disappearing seats

Anthony Wells (a Hull BPLS graduate) works for YouGov and is a leading analyst of UK voting.  He runs the UK Polling website.  He has been busy at work on the Boundary Commission recommendations.  He has drawn up a list of seats that, on his … Continue reading

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