Monthly Archives: July 2011

Oh dear…

Some people have difficulty recognising that Parliament and the House of Commons are not synonymous terms.   Unfortunately, this extends at times to the media.  The Evening Standard last night reported ‘Parliament is due to rise tomorrow… but Mr Cameron said … Continue reading

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Thursday is the new Wednesday

Wednesday is usually my busiest day at Westminster but this week it was Thursday. The day started with a meeting of the Campaign for an Effective Second Chamber (we oppose an elected House but favour reform within the House in … Continue reading

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That the noble Baroness be no longer heard

The power to silence a peer by moving the motion ‘That the noble lord be no longer heard’ is rarely used.   Peers are reluctant to use a device for silencing a fellow member.  However, it was employed yesterday on Report … Continue reading

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MPs’ workload

I did an interview yesterday for Radio Lincolnshire on the issue of MPs’ constituency work.  The programme was pursuing a comment by MP James Gray that Members should spend less time in their constituencies and more at Westminster scrutinising government.  I … Continue reading

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Hull’s finest – the Class of 2011

Here’s a picture of the latest of Hull’s finest – the British Politics and Legislative Studies (BPLS) students who graduated at the Graduation Ceremony this morning.  This picture shows them assembled – but without me.   I was at the degree … Continue reading

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Joint Committee gets under way

The Joint Committee on the draft House of Lords Reform Bill held its first meeting this evening.   Twenty-three of the twenty-six members were present.  Lord Richard was elected to chair it and we discussed how we would proceed once we … Continue reading

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Betty Ford

I was sorry to read of the death of Betty Ford.  When I lived in the USA, while studying at the University of Pennsylvania, it was during the Ford presidency.  (Indeed, President Ford was the speaker at my graduation ceremony.)   … Continue reading

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