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Freeman of the City of Kingston upon Hull

Yesterday, I and my colleague Lord Parekh were installed as Honorary Freemen of the City of Kingston upon Hull.  It was a remarkable honour in its own right, made all the more so by the fact that very few people … Continue reading

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No rerun of the referendum

I spoke in two debates in the Lords this week following the EU referendum on 23 June.  One point was common to both speeches.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, we had a debate on the outcome of the referendum.  I was speaker … Continue reading

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An early general election?

What have John Humphreys, Frank Field, and friends of Boris Johnson got in common?  They all believe that a new Prime Minister could call an early general election.  John Humphreys raised the prospect of the PM going to the Palace … Continue reading

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Why was there a referendum?

In the post-war era, the issue of European integration has been a fault line of British politics.  Both main parties have been divided internally  and both have changed their stance on the issue.  However, there has been no formal requirement … Continue reading

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Rules matter…

Institutions are not neutral in their effect.  They operate on the basis of processes and rules.  What those rules are can affect outcomes.  Had the Labour Party adopted the same rules for electing the  leader as the Conservative Party, Jeremy … Continue reading

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MPs and constituency service

The appalling death of Jo Cox, the MP for Batley and Spen, generated considerable reflection on the role of an MP.   There was recognition that MPs are generally dedicated public servants.  Jo Cox was a remarkably able and dedicated Member.  She … Continue reading

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Views from the Vatican

I thought I would share with readers two groups of photographs taken from the Judges’ Summit on Human Trafficking and Organised Crime held at the Vatican on 3-4 June.  The first comprises photographs I took from within the grounds.  The … Continue reading

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