Monthly Archives: November 2015

The late autumn caption competition

I recently spoke at the University of Lincoln Law School on ‘The Future of the British Constitution?’  It was a good evening, with a large audience.   The university photographer, Ben Mills, took a good number of photographs – several were ideal … Continue reading

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A convention, yet not a convention….

I spoke yesterday in the Second Reading debate on the Scotland Bill.  You can read the speech here.  As you will see, I focused on the first two clauses, not least Clause 2, which seeks to put the Sewel convention … Continue reading

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Hull’s finest in both Houses…

The House of Lords today saw the introduction of Kevin Shinkwin, now Lord Shinkwin (pictured right), who graduated in British Politics and Legislative Studies (BPLS) just over twenty years ago.  He is the first BPLS graduate to be ennobled, though … Continue reading

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The Rathbone Lecture

I much appreciate the comments I have received on the Speaker’s Lecture I gave on Tuesday on the subject of Eleanor Rathbone (pictured) and which was broadcast last night on BBC Parliament.  I tend not to like watching myself on television – … Continue reading

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Speaker’s Lecture on Eleanor Rathbone

On Tuesday, I delivered the Speaker’s Lecture on Eleanor Rathbone.  The picture shows the Speaker, John Bercow, about to invite questions following the lecture. This year’s lecture series looks at distinguished parliamentarians over history, including Pitt the Younger, Edmund Burke, … Continue reading

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