Monthly Archives: January 2020

Royal Assent

On Thursday of last week (23 January), Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans rose in the House of Commons to declare ‘I have to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, that Her Majesty has signified her assent … Continue reading

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The disappearing snail mail….

This is my annual post on mail received in Parliament. As regular readers know, at the start of each year I table a parliamentary question asking how many items of correspondence were received in the Palace of Westminster in the previous … Continue reading

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Making sense of the constitution

The atmosphere in both Houses is markedly different from what it was last year.  The political situation has been transformed.  There is a sense if not of normalcy, then at least of some stability.  One of the manifestations of this … Continue reading

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Westminster v York

The media have been carrying reports that the Government is considering a proposal to move the House of Lords to York or some other ‘northern’ city.  (Apparently Birmingham has also been mentioned, which admittedly is north of London.)  I have … Continue reading

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