I was in the House yesterday for the continuing committee stage of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. I contributed to discussion on some amendments, though at one point my mere presence appeared sufficient to engender tributes to the University of Hull:
“Lord Grocott: …. The debate that we are having-the subject that we proposing to spend a large sum of money on and put to the public-is basically of interest to only one or two university departments. I am pleased to see the noble Lord, Lord Norton, who is sound on a lot these issues, in his place. If I was the parent of a university-age son or daughter who was thinking of taking politics, I would say, “Go to the University of Hull”.
Lord Bach: I agree absolutely with my noble friend, and I think that my noble friend Lord Hunt of Kings Heath does, too. His son, as I understand it, has just started a course at the University of Hull.
On the last point, clearly she didn’t! I don’t recall any student supporting AV. Still, time to get the University literature amended: ‘Hull University Politics Department – as recommended by the House of Lords’.