Monthly Archives: November 2014

Christmas caption competition

At the conclusion of the PSA Awards ceremony last week, I was chatting to former Home Secretary David Blunkett – we were at university together and variously get together in support of campaigns (as on citizenship education and the future of … Continue reading

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Enfranchising British nationals living abroad

Earlier this year, I chaired a cross-party group of parliamentarians to examine the problem of non-registration of British nationals who live abroad.  About 5.5 million British citizens are believed to live outside the UK and of these about 3 million … Continue reading

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Strengthening Parliaments

The International Development Committee in the Commons is undertaking a brief inquiry into public funding of programmes to support legislatures in developing nations.  I was invited to submit evidence and my submission has now been published.  It can be read … Continue reading

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Sustaining higher education

I chair the Higher Education Commission, which draws together figures from politics, business, and academe.  I co-chaired our most recent inquiry into the financial sustainability of higher education.  The report – you can read it here – was released yesterday … Continue reading

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Electors’ freedom of choice

The Wales Bill, presently completing its passage through the Lords, prohibits anyone from serving as both an MP and as a member of the National Assembly for Wales.  The provision (clause 3) was agreed between the parties and was about … Continue reading

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Fixed-term Parliaments and votes of confidence

Just over a week ago, I was speaking at a conference in Oxford held to discuss the passage and consequences of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.  My paper addressed the Act and votes of confidence.  There were notable changes in the … Continue reading

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The power to expel

The House sits on various Fridays to consider Private Members’ Bill.  On 24 October, the third and final Bill under consideration was Baroness Hayman’s House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspensions) Bill.  It is a modest measure to give the House … Continue reading

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