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Why did the House of Lords vote for same-sex marriage?

One of the most notable features of the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act last year was the large majority it achieved in the House of Lords.  It received a Second Reading by 390 votes to 148, with every … Continue reading

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Foreign aid and higher education

On Wednesday, I spoke in a debate in the Lords on higher education.  You can read the speech here.  I focused on the recommendations of the Higher Education Commission, which I c0-chair, in its report on regulating higher education.  The … Continue reading

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April’s winner

As I have already decided which photograph to use for the next caption competition, I think I had better announce the winner of the April competition.  There were some fine entries.  DF Rostron deserves a commendation for a particularly clever … Continue reading

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April caption competition

I thought I would post early the picture for the April caption competition.  This one is somewhat different from those for previous competitions.  It is taken from the BBC coverage of Barack Obama’s address to members of both Houses of … Continue reading

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Unexpected attention

The House of Lords yesterday (Friday) debated the House of Lords Reform (No. 2) Bill.  It has already been taken through the Commons by Dan Byles MP and was introduced in the Lords by Lord Steel.  The Bill is a … Continue reading

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Stunning scenery

I do manage to take the occasional weekend off, usually by arranging something in advance so that I cannot then avoid getting away.  Each year, I celebrate my birthday by spending a weekend with friends: it is a tradition that … Continue reading

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I’m in a ‘selfie’

At the reception yesterday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hull parliamentary placement scheme, a number of official photographs were taken.  Some British Politics and Legislative Studies (BPLS) finalists decided that, if it was good enough for Barack Obama, … Continue reading

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Highlights of the week

I am conscious I have not posted anything recently.  It has been a busy week.  Among the highlights were: * Attending the Speaker’s Lecture on Monday, when John Redwood MP spoke on ‘Parliament and economic policy’, arguing that Parliament was … Continue reading

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And the winner is….

I was spoilt for choice in determining the winner  of the caption competition.  A good number certainly passed the test.  There was Princeps Senatus’ splendid, and very British, play on words. DF Rostron deserves a commendation for the quantity and … Continue reading

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Yet more entries…

Every time I am close to announcing the winner of the February caption competition, some late entries arrive.  A number are real contenders.  The entries have been notable for their quantity and their quality.  However, we are now in March, … Continue reading

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