Author Archives: Lord Norton

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords

We live in a new era of fixed-term Parliaments…

I have previously written about the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.  What is notable is the extent to which its provisions were not that well appreciated at the time and still are not fully understood.  Even one academic article on the … Continue reading

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And the winner is…

There were some good entries for the latest caption competition.  One of two readers seemed especially keen to win, judging by the sheer number of entries they submitted.  They were certainly some novel and imaginative entries.  I suspect Croft’s entry … Continue reading

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Christmas caption competition

At the conclusion of the PSA Awards ceremony last week, I was chatting to former Home Secretary David Blunkett – we were at university together and variously get together in support of campaigns (as on citizenship education and the future of … Continue reading

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Enfranchising British nationals living abroad

Earlier this year, I chaired a cross-party group of parliamentarians to examine the problem of non-registration of British nationals who live abroad.  About 5.5 million British citizens are believed to live outside the UK and of these about 3 million … Continue reading

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Strengthening Parliaments

The International Development Committee in the Commons is undertaking a brief inquiry into public funding of programmes to support legislatures in developing nations.  I was invited to submit evidence and my submission has now been published.  It can be read … Continue reading

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Sustaining higher education

I chair the Higher Education Commission, which draws together figures from politics, business, and academe.  I co-chaired our most recent inquiry into the financial sustainability of higher education.  The report – you can read it here – was released yesterday … Continue reading

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Electors’ freedom of choice

The Wales Bill, presently completing its passage through the Lords, prohibits anyone from serving as both an MP and as a member of the National Assembly for Wales.  The provision (clause 3) was agreed between the parties and was about … Continue reading

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