Monthly Archives: September 2012

Hot off the presses

Publication date for Eminent Parliamentarians – the volume of the Speaker’s Centenary Lectures – is Monday, 15 October.  I have already received advance copies.  It has been produced in a quite handsome format by the publishers, Biteback Publishing, who have … Continue reading

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Award winning

A couple of weeks ago  I submitted the winning entry for a Caption Competition in The House Magazine.   The picture showed Michael Fallon, recently appointed to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in order – according to some commentators - to keep an … Continue reading

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Getting under way

The new academic year began today.  New students have arrived, students on placement are settling in at Westminster, and those who have been on placement are back and getting ready for their final year.  Returning students will notice various changes.  … Continue reading

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Evidence on legislative standards

The uncorrected transcript of my evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in the Commons is now available and can be read here.  The corrected version will be the same, bar the odd minor correction.  My written submission is … Continue reading

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The work goes on

I am variously in Westminster to fulfil different engagements.  Last week, I was giving evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in the Commons – see my earlier post - and today I am speaking to pupils from a Lincolnshire school … Continue reading

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The three I’s of Westminster placements

I gave a talk today at the PSA/BISA 5th annual Learning and Teaching Conference, held at the Wilberforce Institute in Hull.  I was speaking on ‘Experience-based learning: The three I’s of Westminster placements’.   The Hull Westminster placement scheme has now … Continue reading

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Scribbling away

Having completed the proofs for Eminent Parliamentarians, the past few days have been given over to completing the manuscript for the second edition of Parliament in British Politics.  I have been working on it for some time: it has required … Continue reading

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Giving evidence

I gave evidence yesterday to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in the Commons as part of their inquiry into legislative standards.  I was appearing alongside Lord Maclennan and MP Nick Raynsford.  It was very much a case of singing … Continue reading

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At the Paralympics

I was at the Paralympic Games a week last Sunday.  Here’s the picture of me at the ExCel Centre.  I was there, courtesy of a friend (Craig Beaumont) who got tickets, for the table-tennis.  The atmosphere, as throughout the Games, was … Continue reading

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Eminent Parliamentarians

All the editorial work on Eminent Parliamentarians – the volume of Speaker’s Lectures held last year to mark the centenary of the passage of the Parliament Act 1911 – is now complete.   It has taken longer than expected, though the … Continue reading

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