Author Archives: Lord Norton

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords

Autumn caption competition

Time for the autumn caption competition.  Regular readers may recognise this as one of the photographs taken when I attended and spoke at the Judges’ Summit on Human Trafficking and Organised Crime held at the Vatican in June.  As usual, … Continue reading

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The High Court judgment: keep calm and carry on…

The High Court judgment in the Miller case, that notification under Article 50 of the TEU of the UK’s intention to leave the EU cannot be given under the royal prerogative, has attracted intense comment, some of it vituperative and directed … Continue reading

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Protecting voter choice

I spoke briefly in the House last night on an amendment to the Wales Bill.  Lord Hain sought to prohibit people who lived outside Wales from being elected to sit in the National Assembly for Wales.  My objection was one of principle.  … Continue reading

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More myths….

Further to my earlier post on dispelling myths, I thought I would add a further two – although one encompasses a subject that will doubtless come as no surprise to regular readers. Keeping the European Communities Act 1972 on the statute book … Continue reading

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What is the royal prerogative?

The royal prerogative is a matter of some debate at the moment – notably in respect of triggering notification of the UK’s intention to leave the EU under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union – but what is the royal prerogative? The prerogative comprises powers … Continue reading

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We have a winner…

There were some excellent entries for the caption competition.  Every one was a potential winner, though the edge of some was possibly blunted by the fact that (a) I am a Methodist and (b) I have better things to do … Continue reading

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Repealing the Fixed-term Parliaments Act?

Some commentators, as I have previously noted, still appear to be unaware of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act and think that the PM can call a ‘snap’ election.  It is no longer in the gift of the PM to ask the … Continue reading

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