Monthly Archives: October 2011

What do you call former Lord Chancellors?

At yesterday’s meeting of the Constitution Committee in the Lords, we took evidence from three former Lord Chancellors – Jack Straw, Lord Mackay of Clashfern and Lord Falconer of Thoroton – as part of our inquiry into judicial appointments.  While … Continue reading

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Life at Westminster….

It’s Tuesday afternoon.  In the chamber, the House is engaged on a marathon debate on the Health and Social Care Bill.  Because so many peers signed up to speak – no less than 100 – the House began sitting today … Continue reading

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The confusion continues…

The Hull Daily Mail is encouraging people to sign a petition on the Government’s e-petition website calling for action on jobs being lost at the BAE plant in Brough.   They report that, if 100,000 people sign the petition, the Government … Continue reading

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The BBC – looking the other way

Last night, the BBC Panorama programme looked at how some bodies seek to get round the minimum wage legislation.  It ended by referring to MPs who utilise unpaid interns and for some reason cited Hull students on placement at Westminster, using one Hull graduate … Continue reading

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History of Parliament annual lecture

I have just received my invitation to the eighth History of Parliament annual lecture, which is being given on 1 November.  It is probably superfluous for me to reply as I am the one giving the lecture.  The topic is … Continue reading

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Not the answer

During debate on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill earlier this year, there were attempts to amend the Bill to reduce the number of ministers.  Some parliamentarians argued that if the number of MPs was reduced, then there needed … Continue reading

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