Tag Archives: House of Lords

August is the month for writing….

It used to be the case that the summer vacation provided two or three months for serious writing.  Nowadays, because the House of Lords tends to sit until late July and the academic year starts in September (with plenty of … 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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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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Working through committees

Both Houses of Parliament have tended to be chamber-oriented, a feature of Westminster-type parliaments.  It is only relatively recently that each has become more specialised through the use of permanent investigative committees.  Committee work increasingly occupies the time of members.   … Continue reading

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Doing things differently in the Lords….

Procedures in the Lords often differ from those in the Commons.   On legislation, for example, we do not employ guillotine or timetabling motions, all amendments tabled are put before the House, and amendments can be taken on Third Reading.   None … Continue reading

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Reducing the number of peers

My debate on the case for reducing the size of the House of Lords took place yesterday.  Anyone wishing to watch it can see it here.  I argued that, in terms of membership, the House had grown, was growing, and … Continue reading

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Debating the size of the House

The membership of the House of Lords is growing and in the view of many in as well as outside the House is too large.  There are problems in terms of the total membership as well as resource issues in terms of the active … Continue reading

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