Author Archives: Lord Norton

About Lord Norton

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

Debating Private Members’ Bills

Sir Christopher Chope, the MP for Christchurch, has attracted widespread criticism for his action last Friday in blocking a Private Member’s Bill to protect girls from female genital mutilation.  In the Commons, Private Members’ Bills that have not been allocated time … Continue reading

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Enhancing Degree Apprenticeships

I chair the Higher Education Commission, which draws members from business, academe, and Parliament, and which holds inquiries designed to enhance higher education.  I co-chair each inquiry.  Our latest report, on degree apprenticeships, was published on Tuesday and launched in … Continue reading

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‘Dear MP/peer..’ From letters to e-mails…

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 year (and, of these, what proportion was received in the … Continue reading

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Caption competition – the winner…

There were some splendid entries for the caption competition and, as ever, I was spoilt for choice.  The entry that was most geared to the subject of the lecture – the classics and Parliament – was Neil M with ‘Judicial, … Continue reading

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New Year caption competition

I thought some readers would appreciate a New Year caption competition, so here is the first of 2019.  It shows me speaking to some students after I gave the inaugural lecture, on Parliament and the Classics, at the Victoria Gallery, … Continue reading

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Happy New Year – from both of me…

Happy New Year.  In my earlier post on some of the different ways I have been addressed in correspondence, I confined the list to mail received in Hull.  I also get some interesting variations on my name on letters sent … Continue reading

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More on you-know-what… The Fixed-term Parliaments Act

Readers would probably feel there was a gap in their Yuletide celebrations if I failed to post another missive on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act. Events before Christmas – indeed during Christmas – could have been especially difficult had Jeremy Corbyn … Continue reading

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