Monthly Archives: March 2018

I am not usually good at remembering anniversaries, or rather I am, but just not on the relevant days.  I tend to recall them some time after the event.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of me receiving my peerage.  … Continue reading

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Politics UK: the latest edition

The 9th edition of Politics UK has just been published by Routledge.  It is a substantial volume of almost 700 pages.  My contribution has, as usual, focused on the constitution (chapter 14), Crown (ch. 15), Parliament (chs. 16, 17 and … Continue reading

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Calling Departments to account…

In an earlier post, I drew attention to the fact that I had suggested that whenever Government Departments failed to respond to select committee reports within two months, the name of the Department should be listed in House of Lords … Continue reading

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Restoration and renewal: moving out of the Palace

In January, the House of Commons debated whether to decant the Palace during the years when the essential restoration and renewal of the Palace is undertaken.  It agreed, by 236 votes to 220, to a full, rather than a partial, … Continue reading

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The Louth by-elections

When I spoke in the debate in the Lords last month to mark the contribution made to public life by women since the Representation of the People Act 1918, one of the reasons I gave for contributing was because the … Continue reading

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Getting there…

The weather in the UK this week has wreaked havoc with travel.  I managed to get back from Westminster to Hull late on Wednesday night, travelling as I normally do on the last Hull Trains service.  The train made it, … Continue reading

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