Monthly Archives: February 2011

You taught my father….

A few years ago – several in fact – a new student came over to me at a freshers’ reception to announce, with enthusiasm, ‘you taught my father’.   There are certain things one doesn’t want to hear.  He is now not … Continue reading

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National Parliaments and the Lisbon Treaty

My talk at Edge Hill University yesterday focused on national parliaments and the Lisbon Treaty.  I put the talk in historical context, explaining how the role of national parliaments had changed since the founding of the European Communities.  Initially, the … Continue reading

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Another of those weeks

It has been another of those weeks, teaching, marking, being present for the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, and working on the draft report for the Public Administration Committee in the Commons.   Trying to juggle the tasks hasn’t always … Continue reading

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Catching up…

The Lord writes… I hope to go through previous posts to check for comments to which I have not responded.  On occasion, a reader posts a comment but for various reasons I don’t get a chance to respond, either because I … Continue reading

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Special issue of Parliamentary History

I am pleased to report that the special issue of Parliamentary History, which I have edited, on ‘A Century of Constitutional Change’, has now been published online with the paper copy imminent.  It includes the two articles – ‘Introduction: A … Continue reading

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A new appointment

Not only do I serve on two committees in the Lords, I now have an appointment in the Commons!  I gave evidence to the Public Administration Committee in the House of Commons at the end of last year as part … Continue reading

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An audience with Sir Peter

On Tuesday evening, I attended the second in the series of Speaker’s Lectures on great parliamentarians.  It was given by the Father of the House of Commons, Sir Peter Tapsell, MP for Louth and Horncastle, on F. E. Smith (later … Continue reading

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