Yesterday was another long day. Here are a few super-tweets:
Breakfast meeting with a graduate student.
Constitution Committee: we take evidence from Lord Jay, chair of the House of Lords Appointments Commission. He says they are considering being proactive in identifying people to fill any gaps that are identified in the knowledge of the House.
To the chamber for debate on Commons messages on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. The Commons disagreed with out amendment on a 40% turnout threshold in the referendum. Lord Rooker moves a motion to insist on our amendment. Debate favours his motion. The Government lose by 277 to 215. 27 Conservatives, including me, vote for the motion.
I spend an hour recording an interview for BBC Parliament. They will be screening programmes over the summer on the Parliament Act 1911 and what has happened to the House in the century since. I leave forgetting to remove my make-up.
Back to the chamber for the second vote on the PVSC Bill. The Commons rejected the Lords amendment allowing for some variation in the size of constituency electorates beyond +/- 5% of the electoral quota. This time the Government win by a majority of one – 242 votes to 241.
Then off to a Hansard Society meeting to discuss strategy for their flagship journal, Parliamentary Affairs.
Meeting finishes at 4.30. Shortly afterwards, I get a (very) late lunch in the Bishop’s Bar.
Chair the weekly seminar of my students. Craig Beaumont, from London 2012, speaks on the Olympics and Parliament. Baroness Grey-Thompson sits in on the meeting.
Back to the chamber at 10.30 to consider the Commons response to our insistence on the amendment on the threshold. The Commons rejected it earlier in the evening by an even bigger majority than first time round. This time, we decide not to insist on the amendment. The Government wins by 221 to 153.
Back into the chamber at 11.45 p.m. for Royal Assent. About 40 peers are present to hear the Lord Speaker announce that the PSVC Bill is now an Act.
I get an indication from different reliable sources that the Government may be about to make further concessions on the Public Bodies Bill.
I get away about midnight.