Talking of the politics of coalition

The Guardian article mentioning my chapter on the ‘Politics of Coalition’ appeared on Friday morning.  The same day we held a Politics Department sixth-form conference for schools from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.  It is an annual event – this is the ninth we have organised – and the theme of the day was coalition politics.  There was a packed hall.  I spoke on the subject of my chapter.  Mark Stuart, from the University of Nottingham, spoke on Parliament and the coalition, and MEP Diana Wallis spoke on the coalition and Europe.  We concluded with a question and answer session with Shadow Chancellor Alan Johnson MP, Education Select Committee Chair Graham Stuart MP, Hull City Council leader Carl Minns, and Dr Ian Kelly, the chief executive of the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce. 

The picture shows participants in the University’s Middleton Hall.  From left to right: Graham Stuart MP, Carl Minns, Dr Ian Kelly, Diana Wallis MEP, Alan Johnson MP and me.


About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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10 Responses to Talking of the politics of coalition

  1. franksummers3ba says:

    Lord Norton,
    I must say in the way of the entirely irrelevant that I spent many hours in graduate school in Middleton hall. It is the principal library at Louisiana State University.

  2. franksummers3ba says:

    Lord Norton,
    It is not all that relevant but I spent a great deal of time in Middleton Hall. That is the name of the principal library at Louisiana State University:

  3. Carl.H says:

    911 what`s your emergency ?

    Sorry Frank, I just had to say that. Are you still having trouble posting ? You were caught in the spam filter earlier as his Lordship stated.

  4. franksummers3ba says:

    As the tailor would say, “sew it seams…”.

  5. Croft says:

    While I expected it to happen due to the distribution of seats but as Coffee House makes clear the figures for the tuition fees vote are quite stark. With the small number of vote changes we could have seen the government lose the vote for full English Fees with a majority of 100+ among English MPs but lose due to the Celtic votes whose constituents are either paying no or subsidised/lower fees.

    If this starts to become a trend and the government loses votes this will become unsustainable.

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