Monthly Archives: May 2018

Lords reform: 1911 all over again….

Every so often, the issue of reforming the Lords comes to the fore.  In recent weeks, we have witnessed calls for reform or even abolition.  When I was interviewed for the BBC Week in Parliament programme last week, I made … Continue reading

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The importance of citizenship education

Each session, the House of Lords appoints four ad hoc select committees to undertake inquiries on specific topics.  In the first part of the current two-year session, one has been on citizenship and civic engagement.  Its report, The Ties that Bind: … Continue reading

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The EU (Withdrawal) Bill – not our finest hour

The House of Lords has completed Report stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.  We have Third Reading next week. The House has not exactly wrapped itself in glory in dealing with the Bill, at least in the chamber.  In my speech … Continue reading

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Another myth… Michael Martin and the Speakership

The death of Lord Martin led to the media quite pervasively repeating the myth that was propagated at the time that he resigned the Speakership of the House of Commons, namely that, to quote one newspaper, he was ‘the first … Continue reading

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