Author Archives: Lord Norton

About Lord Norton

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

A tragic week

The security services do a remarkable job and have managed to prevent a number of attacks on Parliament.  There is always the danger that one or more will succeed.  Wednesday saw such an attack, with a tragic loss of lives.   Whenever … Continue reading

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Here we go again…

Over the course of the past few weeks, given developments in respect of the EU, the Lords, and claims about Parliament by MP Mhairi Black, the media have been churning out claims that would do justice to Donald Trump.  Fact-checking is … Continue reading

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The Great Repeal Bill

Much attention is presently focused on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill as it makes its way through Parliament.  However, the most substantial work for Parliament will come later.  The Government proposes to introduce a ‘Great Repeal Bill’ next … Continue reading

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Conventions, codes and practices

There is a great deal of confusion as to what constitutes a constitutional convention.  The confusion has become greater in recent years because of the ‘Sewel convention’, which has been incorporated in the Scotland Act and the Wales Act, and … Continue reading

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The winner of the new year caption competition….

There were some good entries for the latest caption competition.  There were a few obvious themes as well as a number of rather innovative free-standing entries.  One of the themes was cake-related, a somewhat recurring topic in the caption competitions.  The most obvious theme was to … Continue reading

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Bringing back memories – my first book…

Reform of the House of Lords, being published in June, will be my 32nd book (or the 43rd if you include new editions).  My first, Dissension in the House of Commons 1945-74, was published by Macmillan in 1975.  It was a  643-page volume, … Continue reading

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Reform of the House of Lords

I have just completed checking the proofs of my next book, due out in June.  It is a short guide to reform of the House of Lords.  It considers the functions of  the House, previous attempts at reform, and the different approaches to the … Continue reading

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