Monthly Archives: January 2011

Pronouncing Louth

In responding to comments on the post’ Don’t they know who I am?’ I pointed out that Jack Straw on one occasion got my name wrong (‘Lord North’!) and on another occasion mispronounced Louth.  When he mispronounced the town’s  name, another MP, … Continue reading

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Sleepless nights

Wednesday’s sitting of the House was another late one.  It was not an all-night sitting as on Monday, but we did sit until 3.00 a.m.   There were votes, the last one at 2.00 a.m., so I was able to prove … Continue reading

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Don’t they know who I am?

I did not speak during the marathon session on Monday but for different reasons I was referred to by three peers.  However, it appears that it may not only have been peers who were tired.  Lord Anderson referred to me … Continue reading

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The Westminster bubble

As I anticipated, I left the Palace of Westminster last night having spent over thirty hours in the building.  I not only did not get out of the building at any stage, I didn’t even get as far as Portcullis … Continue reading

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Royal succession

I took part in a discussion on Sky News at lunchtime about changing the law on succession to the crown.  At the moment, we have male-preference primogeniture: that is, the eldest son inherits.  The Government is examining a change to … Continue reading

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From one extreme to another

Having had an all-night sitting that lasted more than 22 hours, today we had one that lasted for two hours!  Agreement had been reached that the House would debate four groups of amendments to the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies … Continue reading

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House up

The House rose (or ‘House Up’ to use the terminology) at 12.53 p.m.,  after sitting continuously from 2.30 p.m. on Monday afternoon.  It was certainly a marathon session, though little progress was made and more heat than light was shed during the … Continue reading

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