I thought I would share with you another photograph from the reception to mark my 25 years as professor of government at the University of Hull. This picture shows the speaking line-up (from left to right): Baroness Bottomley, who acted as MC; Cliff Grantham, speaking for graduates; Lord Cormack, who spoke for parliamentarians; and me, responding and addressing changes in Parliament over the past quarter century. The speeches were well received, not least I suspect because they were brief.
Cliff Grantham has spoken at each of the celebrations – that to mark the appointment, and those to mark ten and then twenty years. As I recounted at this reception, I can still remember his opening words 25 years ago: ‘I am going to speak about Philip the person. We all know about his academic achievements. Philip has seen to that.’ After 25 years, I’m still trying to work out what he meant.