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What makes for an effective parliamentarian?

Contributing to a panel at the recent Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) 68th Westminster Seminar, on effective parliaments, I identified what I see as the five essential elements for parliamentarians to be effective in carrying out their jobs. 1) Powers. The … Continue reading

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By popular demand…. a caption competition

At a time of bad weather, dark nights and a general election campaign, there may be a case for  a bit of light relief, so time for another caption competition.  This picture (suggested for the competition by Ken Batty, who … Continue reading

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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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