Author Archives: Lord Norton

About Lord Norton

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

Hull’s finest: Class of ’14

The graduation ceremony for Hull politics students took place last Wednesday.  The picture shows me with some of the British Politics and Legislative Studies (BPLS) graduates.  The results were the best we have ever achieved. As there was not an … Continue reading

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A new Magna Carta?

The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee of the House of Commons has published a report, A new Magna Carta? asking whether the UK needs a codified constitution.  It identifies three options: a non-statutory constitutional code (akin to the Cabinet Manual), … Continue reading

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July competition – the winner

I can now reveal the winner of the July caption competition.  It was a difficult choice.  There were some splendid entries.  The number of winners could have run into double figures, but as I announced there would be a winner … Continue reading

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July caption competition

As it is the start of July, I thought it time to hold another caption competition.  These I know prove popular with readers, including some who do not enter the competition but report that they enjoy seeing the entries.  This month’s … Continue reading

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Summer of writing

I usually have a number of publications forthcoming.  At the moment, I only have two: a chapter on ‘Continuity and Change in Parliamentarianism in the Twenty-first Century’ for the Routledge Handbook of European Politics and a chapter on the oratory … Continue reading

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Debating Lords reform

For those interesting in watching Thursday’s debate on the report of the Labour Peers Working Group on Reform of the House of Lords, the first three hours of the debate can be seen here.  My own contribution comes at just … Continue reading

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Tempting fate

I usually wait until I can confirm something before writing about it, rather than anticipating it – just in case it doesn’t happen.  I should have realised I was tempting fate by concluding my last post by saying my final … Continue reading

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Different hats….

I hold several positions, with the result that I often find I have a fairly full diary as a result of working to fulfil them.  Yesterday was a day for rushing around as a result of wearing several hats.  In the morning … Continue reading

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Over here, Your Majesty….

For the State Opening of Parliament, the chamber of the House of Lords is completely reconfigured.  The Table is removed, a boxed seating area for the Diplomatic Corps created, and the bar of the House brought forward to create more … Continue reading

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A short contribution….

Wednesday was the fourth and final day of debate on the Queen’s Speech.  Even with four days, the number of subjects drawn together for each day meant that the contributions in each  ranged rather widely.  Wednesday’s debate, for example, covered … Continue reading

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