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 he joins a renowned Hull mafia in the House. There are peers who are graduates of, or have taught in, Hull Politics Department (Lords Parekh, Plant, Smith of Clifton, and me) as well as those who graduated from the University in other subjects (Baroness Morgan of Ely and Lords Cormack, Giddens, Hattersley and Prescott).
We now have BPLS graduates in both Houses. Neil Coyle was elected to the House of Commons in May, not the first MP to study in the Hull Politics Department, but the first BPLS graduate to be elected. So a BPLS foothold in both Houses. It is a beginning….