Monthly Archives: July 2019

Bringing scholars and parliamentarians together

In 1994, I organized a Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians, designed to draw together academics and members of parliaments so that research findings likely to be of practical interest to parliamentarians could be presented and discussed.  It was co-sponsored … Continue reading

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Magna Carta to Brexit…

The academic term may have ended, but I am still the throes of marking as well as speaking on a range of topics – not least Magna Carta, peers’ voting rights, and Brexit, though not necessarily in that order – … Continue reading

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Should peers be allowed to vote for MPs?

On Friday, the House of Lords will debate a Private Member’s Bill that has the single purpose of removing the ban on members of the Lords voting in elections for Members of the House of Commons. In 1699 the House … Continue reading

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Becoming an Honorary Senior Fellow

Yesterday, I was at Regent’s University London to be installed as an Honorary Senior Fellow, the university’s equivalent of bestowing an honorary degree.  (I already have an honorary degree, from Lincoln University, so it is nice to have a separate … Continue reading

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Post-18 education and apprenticeships

We recently had two debates in the Lords – just two days apart – that enabled me to speak on post-18 education and degree apprenticeships, the latter the subject of the most recent report from the Higher Education Commission.  I … Continue reading

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Maggie and Boris: polar opposites

I have no idea how Margaret Thatcher would have voted in the current Conservative leadership contest, had she been alive.  Given that she is not with us, no one knows for sure, though I doubt if that will stop some … Continue reading

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The need for more pre-legislative scrutiny

Before the end of the last century, parliamentary scrutiny of bills was generally found wanting.  It was the area in which Parliament was arguably in greatest need of reform.  As the 1993 report of the Hansard Society Commission on the … Continue reading

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