Author Archives: Lord Norton

About Lord Norton

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

The continuing decline of parliamentary snail mail

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 House of Lords).  I have just received the … Continue reading

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Christmas caption competition: the winner..

There were some remarkably varied and inventive entries for the Christmas caption competition.  I was spoiled for choice in selecting a winner.  I enjoyed both entries by Tony Sands, not least his first which some may think was at attempt at … Continue reading

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Christmas caption competition

As promised, a Christmas caption competition.  The picture shows me with colleagues at a recent University Open Day.  Readers are invited to contribute a witty and appropriate (and in reasonably good taste) caption. I tend to think the pictures are … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to readers.  I hope you are having a restful time.  I will be doing some posts over the next few days.  By popular demand (well, one or two friends have inquired, clearly keen to compete) I will be … Continue reading

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Parliaments and courts: the importance of place

The year ended with the arrival of the latest issue of JICL (Journal of International and Comparative Law) in which I have an article that addresses the importance of where institutions of the state are located. Such institutions are studied … Continue reading

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Responding to select committee reports – naming and shaming

The Government seeks to respond to reports from House of Lords select committees, and joint select committees, within two months of publication.  However, this deadline is not always met.  Thus, for example, the Constitution Committee published its report on The … Continue reading

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The grand unveiling

I have already done a post on the unveiling of my portrait last week.  Here is a shot of the actual event, just after the Lord Speaker, Lord Fowler, had performed the task.  He already knew what was coming, having … Continue reading

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