Monthly Archives: October 2013

The English or the Scottish Question?

On Saturday, I spoke at the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh to the Scottish and Northern England branch of the Hull University Alumni Association.  The talk was titled ‘The Scottish or the English Question? The future of the Union’.  I … Continue reading

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Just missed it…

The past couple of days have been an object lesson in just missing events.  The storm of yesterday disrupted rail travel: I eventually managed to get to London having driven to Doncaster late afternoon, caught a train to Peterborough and … Continue reading

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A rushed Bill

I spoke yesterday in the Second Reading debate on the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill.  The Bill is a ‘Christmas tree’  Bill (with several discrete measures hanging from it) and, despite having constitutional implications, has … Continue reading

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Update on pictures

Further to the previous post, see the link here for pictures of me at the launch of the report of the Higher Education Commission.  How do they compare with the photograph in the previous post?  Is it me in more characteristic form?

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A good or a bad picture?

The Guardian article on the Higher Education Commission report on regulation in higher education, referred to in the previous post, offered a good overview of the report’s recommendations.  It was also accompanied by a photograph of me (pictured), as co-chair of … Continue reading

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Busy day…

It has been a fairly hectic day.  The morning was devoted to committee work.  At 9.30 I had a meeting of the Joint Committee on the Voter Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill – we took evidence from former Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay … Continue reading

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Fifteen years in the Lords

I was introduced into the House of Lords on Tuesday, 6 October 1998, so today is the fifteenth anniversary of my introduction.  The picture (right) was the formal photograph taken in the Robing Room following the ceremony.  For the introduction, my supporters were Lord … Continue reading

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A quarter century of parliamentary placements

This semester marks the 25th anniversary of Hull Politics Department’s parliamentary placement scheme.  I placed three students at Westminster in 1988-89 as part of our new degree in Politics and Legislative Studies, subsequently British Politics and Legislative Studies (BPLS).  The numbers … Continue reading

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