Author Archives: Lord Norton

About Lord Norton

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

Notes on dissolution

I see people keep tweeting queries about the dissolution of Parliament, so here are a few notes in response to various of the queries that have appeared. Unlike prorogation, there is no formal ceremony for dissolution. Parliament was dissolved at … Continue reading

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Notes on the general election

A few notes on the election due now on 12 December… Under section 1(2) of the Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (due to receive Royal Assent today), the poll ‘is to be treated as a polling day appointed under section … Continue reading

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Writings on Parliament….

This has been a good year for me in terms of articles published in Parliamentary Affairs.  I see my 2016 article, ‘The Fixed-term Parliaments Act and Votes of Confidence’, perhaps not surprisingly in view of current events, is again listed … Continue reading

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The role of the Speaker

On Tuesday, I was one of several witnesses to give evidence to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee in the House of Commons in its inquiry into the role of the Speaker. You can watch the session here; my … Continue reading

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Slip of the tongue…

On occasion, speakers experience a slip of the tongue.  In yesterday’s debate on the Queen’s Speech in the Lords, it happened twice.  The minister, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, in opening the debate made what is now the classic slip in … Continue reading

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What is a vote of no confidence?

I see there is now talk of opposition parties seeking to move a vote of no confidence in the government, but one that does not engage the provisions of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.  For a motion to trigger the provisions … Continue reading

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