Monthly Archives: September 2015

October caption competition

As the new month starts tomorrow, here is the picture for the caption competition.  It shows me during part of my guided tour of Wroxton Abbey – a feature of the Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians – drawing attention … Continue reading

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Is the Lords becoming more liberal than the Commons?

I have in a previous post drawn attention to the change that took place in the House of Lords on the issue of same-sex marriage.  The House has moved over the past decade from being resistant to measures designed to … Continue reading

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Making progress on reform

The House on Tuesday debated four motions relating to reform of the Lords.  The lead motion was moved by the Leader of the House, Baroness Stowell, recognising the case for incremental reform in dealing with the size of the House.  … Continue reading

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Legislatures matter

I was on a panel on Wednesday evening to discuss the subject of legislative strengthening.  Held in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) room in the Palace of Westminster, it was designed to bring together people interested in the subject in order to form a … Continue reading

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What studying at Hull can do for you…

Former students of mine have been doing well recently.  BPLS graduate Rosie Corrigan – she was still an undergraduate at the time – became the youngest mayor in the country.  At the general election, BPLS graduate Neil Coyle defeated Simon Hughes to be elected … Continue reading

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Choosing the referendum question

The Government has agreed to the recommendation of the Electoral Commission that the question in the referendum on membership of the EU should be between ‘to remain a member’ or ‘leave’ the EU.  This is in place of a yes/no … Continue reading

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