Monthly Archives: July 2010

Hull’s finest

As I mentioned in a previous post, I had to be in Hull last Wednesday for the summer graduation ceremony.  After the ceremony, the Politics Department holds a reception in a marquee on the lawn by the Wilberforce Building, which houses … Continue reading

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A new group

On Tuesday, I attended the inaugural meeting of an all-party group.  This one was well attended!  It is a new group on the constitution.  I was elected as chair.  The purpose of the group is to provide information on constitutional … Continue reading

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Not quite right

In yesterday’s Daily Mail,  Richard Kay noted that Lord Heseltine has yet to make his maiden speech in the Lords, adding: “Perhaps he should take notes from his Conser­vative colleague ­Baroness Morris of ­Bolton, Deputy Leader of the House and the … Continue reading

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Setting a precedent?

The House discussed an important Private Member’s Bill last Friday – Lord Lester’s Defamation Bill.  In responding, Justice Minister Lord McNally made an important statement.  However, his opening words also caught my eye: “The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice … Continue reading

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Clegg cries off

I shall not now miss Nick Clegg’s appearance before the Constitution Committee of the Lords on Wednesday.  The Deputy Prime Minister has decided he cannot attend as he has to appear before the new committee on constitutional and political reform … Continue reading

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Thatcher a failure?

I was in Leeds today to give a paper at a conference on Leaders of the Opposition.  I covered Margaret Thatcher.   There are two hypotheses as to the relationship between her period in Opposition (1975-79) and her time in Goverment (1979-1990).  One … Continue reading

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Can’t be in two places at the same time…

Next Wednesday, the Deputy Prime Minister is giving evidence to the Constitution Committee in the Lords on the government’s constitutional reform agenda.  It’s the one Wednesday of the year that I cannot be in Westminster.  I have to be in Hull … Continue reading

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