Monthly Archives: January 2014

The perils of being an Independent MP

My Speaker’s Lecture on 21 January addressed the relationship of Parliament and political parties.  My argument was that parties need Parliament and Parliament needs parties.  Parties are necessary, but not sufficient, for Parliament to fulfil its key functions.  I addressed the … Continue reading

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Doing things differently in the Lords….

Procedures in the Lords often differ from those in the Commons.   On legislation, for example, we do not employ guillotine or timetabling motions, all amendments tabled are put before the House, and amendments can be taken on Third Reading.   None … Continue reading

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Making a difference….

Last year, the Government published a Draft Deregulation Bill to get rid of some legislation that was no longer necessary.  The Bill was sent to a Joint Committee for pre-legislative scrutiny.   Although committees often have little time to complete their … Continue reading

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Speaker’s Lecture: Parliament and political parties

My Speaker’s Lecture on ‘Parliament and Political Parties’, delivered on Tuesday, was broadcast this evening on BBC Parliament.  It can be viewed on BBC Democracy Live here.

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And the winner is….

I was spoilt for choice in deciding the winner of the latest caption competition.  There were many excellent entries.  I narrowed it down to half-a-dozen or so.  I know some of my close friends (those who don’t really understand me) … Continue reading

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Recent highlights

The past three weeks have provided highlights of different sorts.  The week before last it was meetings with the Prime Minister.  I was at a sandwich lunch with him in his office in the House of Commons on Wednesday.  On … Continue reading

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New Year caption competition

My WordPress stats reveal that caption competitions are the most popular posts on the blog.  As there has not yet been a competition this year, I thought I would have a New Year caption competition. The picture shows me in … Continue reading

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