Author Archives: Lord Norton

About Lord Norton

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

Power behind the scenes: the importance of social space in legislatures

In an earlier post, I reported on a talk I gave earlier this year at the PSA annual conference in Glasgow on the difference changes in social space in Parliament can make. On Friday, I gave a paper at the … Continue reading

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Winner of the November caption competition

There were some good entries for the November caption competition and more than I was expecting.  There were several contenders – it was difficult to select a frontrunner – that focused on the fact that the benches were red.  Some … Continue reading

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Greatness thrust upon one…

Last night (Tuesday), there was a Speaker’s Lecture, in Speaker’s House, on the future of Energy, given by Caroline Flint MP and Drew Hendry MP.  The Speaker, John Bercow, normally presides, but on this occasion was not able to attend.   He … Continue reading

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Studying the Scottish Parliament

I was in Edinburgh yesterday (Wednesday) at the Scottish Parliament with students taking our Comparative Legislatures module.  It was a valuable opportunity to look at the process of dealing with legislation and how the committee system operates.  The picture shows … Continue reading

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November caption competition…

I am conscious I have not done a post for some time.  It has been a hectic few weeks – we are already at the half-way point of the teaching semester.  I plan to catch up on posts.  I thought … Continue reading

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Debating the constitution…

On Monday, the Lords debated reports from the Constitution Committee on The Union and Devolution and Inter-Governmental Relations in the UK.  I spoke and used the occasion to pick up on a theme common to both, namely the failure of … Continue reading

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Get your copies now…

Manchester University Press are holding a ‘Back to School’ sale and copies of Reform of the House of Lords are available at the price of £5 instead of the regular retail price of £9.99.  Today (Friday) is the last day of … Continue reading

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