Monthly Archives: April 2017

Social space in Parliament

 As I reported in an earlier post, I spoke at the panel on ‘Designing for Democracy’ at the PSA Conference in Glasgow, looking at the design of Parliament. How parliamentarians behave is shaped by their physical surroundings.  As Winston Churchill … Continue reading

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More on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act

The Prime Minister has announced she will be asking the House of Commons tomorrow to vote for the motion ‘That there shall be an early parliamentary general election’.  She correctly stated the provisions of the Act.  She is thus ‘calling for’ … Continue reading

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A labour of love…

Or a trip down memory lane… In an earlier post, I said how pleased I was to see that it was now possible to obtain copies of my first book, Dissension in the House of Commons 1945-74, in a softcover … Continue reading

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Advising second chambers

This has been a fairly busy week – although the House of Commons was not sitting, the House of Lords was.  However, the highpoints for me were not related to sittings of the House, but giving evidence to two parliamentary committees.   The subject … Continue reading

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Hull’s finest – Class of ’98

I have been sorting through some of the paperwork that has accumulated over some years – several boxes still to go – and in the course of doing so discovered some old attendance registers, including for the class of ’98.  This coincided … Continue reading

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