Monthly Archives: September 2021

On leadership

I spoke last night at Westminster Abbey at a reception to mark the publication of 300 Years of Leadership and Innovation, published by St James’ House in collaboration with the History of Parliament.  It was published to mark the tercentenary … Continue reading

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Leadership training for ministers and civil servants

My debate in the Lords last Thursday on the case for minsters and senior civil servants to be trained in core leadership skills attracted high quality speakers, including chair of the Constitution Committee, Baroness Taylor of Bolton, former Lord Chancellor … Continue reading

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My Lords, read the book…

When one speaks in a debate in the Lords, it is always gratifying when others refer to the speech.  On occasion one gets mentioned without speaking.  Because of a graduation ceremony in Hull last Thursday, I was not able to … Continue reading

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Making the case for a statutory House of Lords appointments commission

My Question for Short Debate (QSD) – asking what plans the Government had to put the House of Lords Appointments Commission on a statutory basis – was taken as dinner break business last Monday.  As it was my QSD, I … Continue reading

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The need to keep MPs’ onside….

In response to criticism by some Conservative MPs of Dominic Raab’s handling of the   Afghanistan crisis, one ally of the Foreign Secretary is reported to have said ‘The foreign secretary doesn’t have time to sit in the tearoom talking to … Continue reading

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