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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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Fixed-term Parliaments and votes of confidence

Just over a week ago, I was speaking at a conference in Oxford held to discuss the passage and consequences of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.  My paper addressed the Act and votes of confidence.  There were notable changes in the … Continue reading

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The power to expel

The House sits on various Fridays to consider Private Members’ Bill.  On 24 October, the third and final Bill under consideration was Baroness Hayman’s House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspensions) Bill.  It is a modest measure to give the House … Continue reading

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Parliamentary co-operation

Just over two weeks ago, I spoke at a conference, on ‘The National Assembly for Wales: Studying the Welsh Legislature’, at the Welsh Governance Centre in Cardiff.  I gave the keynote lecture and spoke on ‘Making sense of diversity – The … Continue reading

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‘This boy’s a fool’…

The entries for the October caption competition demonstrated readers’ wit and attention to detail.  Several produced entries based on Anthony Barnett’s hand gesture, others the look on my face, and one or two very individual observations.  I thought some of … Continue reading

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