Monthly Archives: July 2013

Caption competition – the office

As we enter the summer recess, I thought this would be an appropriate time for another caption competition.  The picture shows me in in my office on campus.   Regular readers will be familiar with the desk and the extent to … Continue reading

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Peerage Act 1963

Further to my earlier post on the passage of the Peerage Act 1963, readers may be interested in the BBC report and more especially the short film on the events leading up to the Act and its consequences.  It can … Continue reading

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Making sense of legislation

The legislative process is not necessarily that well understood outside Parliament and, indeed, not always that well understood by many within Parliament.  When the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was going through Parliament, there was a tendency to assume that … Continue reading

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How a faulty air speed indicator changed political history

This month witnesses the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Peerage Act 1963, enabling hereditary peers to renounce their titles.  It received Royal Assent and took effect on 31 July 1963.  Its enactment was credited to Anthony (Tony) Wedgwood … Continue reading

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Prisoner voting

At this morning’s meeting of the Joint Committee on the Draft Voter Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill, we took evidence from Jack Straw and David Davis.  Both have led the campaign in the Commons to maintain a blanket ban on prisoners being … Continue reading

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In prison – twice

On Thursday, I visited two prisons – HMP Downview and HMP High Down.  I was there as part of the inquiry by the Joint Committee on the Draft Voter Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill.  HMP Downview (pictured) is a women’s prison and HMP High Down is a category B … Continue reading

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And the winner is….

I can now reveal the winner of the quiz on the picture of the trial of the Earl of Strafford.   The link with me is indeed the Louth connection.  The picture previously was hanging in Louth Town Hall until the Town Council … Continue reading

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