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August caption competition

A combination of parliamentary duties and marking have kept me occupied.  Now I’m just embarking on my summer writing – see my earlier post – which will keep me busy this month.  Realising we are already well into August, I … Continue reading

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MPs and scholars

I spent the weekend at Wroxton College – pictured right – in Oxfordshire, for the Eleventh Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians.  I organised it under the auspices of the Centre for Legislative Studies, as I have done for the … Continue reading

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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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