Lecturing on the Parliament Act

Last night I delivered the eighth annual History of Parliament lecture, addressing the question ‘Resisting the Inevitable?  The Parliament Act 1911’.   The lecture took place in the Attlee Suite in Portcullis House and, I suspect benefiting from being included in the schedule of events for Parliament Week, attracted a capacity audience.   I addressed the origins, the passage and the consequences of the Act.   

The lecture was recorded by BBC Parliament and, I gather, is being broadcast at 6.00 p.m. on Saturday.

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Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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9 Responses to Lecturing on the Parliament Act

  1. Frank W. Summers III says:

    Lord Norton,
    While doubtless entirely worthy of such an audience, it is still a very impressive achievement for all involved that it reached capacity. I imagine ther will be some intest in the varied media carrying the lecture which will be sustained.Hopefully, I will find one such myself.

  2. Ross Picton says:

    Watching that with a notepad in hand, might get a couple of good quotes for an essay.

  3. Paul n says:

    Lord Norton,

    Wish I could have been there, but as I am living in America, it just wasn’t possible! Hopefully it will be uploaded to the BBC Democracy Live website, as they have been doing for the Speaker Series this year but if not, will there be a chance to read the transcript online?

    • Lord Norton says:

      Paul n: Many thanks. As mentioned above, in response to Frank W. Summers III, I hope it will be available in a form that can be accessed from overseas. It is likely to be published and it is also possible that a version will be available online soon.

  4. Ross Picton says:

    Lord Norton: I may have underestimated the depth of the lecture, the note-taking eventually totalled closer to 10 pages, all of great value.

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