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Implications of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill has now been introduced and the Commons is having a two-day debate on Second Reading.  There are as yet no Commons select committees set up and membership agreed (unlike in the Lords, where all committees … Continue reading

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Winner of the August caption competition…

There were, as usual, some good and inventive entries for the caption competition.  Perhaps not surprisingly, the lampshade figured fairly prominently.  Some of these lampshade-inspired entries made it to the shortlist.  Rob Cadman neatly managed to link the lampshade with my hand … Continue reading

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The end of a presidency?

There has been speculation as to whether Donald Trump will survive his first term as President.  Apart from death, how can a President fail to see out his constitutionally prescribed term of office?  There are three ways in which he could … Continue reading

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Caption competition – the Lord is guiding

This month’s caption competition derives from the Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians (see previous post).  At each Workshop, I provide a guided your of the venue – Wroxton Abbey, which is actually a Jacobean mansion (built on the site … Continue reading

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Discussing legislatures

The Thirteenth Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians took place at the weekend at Wroxton College, Near Banbury – the venue for the every Workshop since the second in 1996.  (The first Workshop was held in Berlin.)  The Workshops are … Continue reading

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The value of committees in the Lords

The House of Lords, like the House of Commons, has become a more specialised body, working through investigative committees.  Its sessional committees, re-appointed each session, have grown in number over the past twenty years – most recently with the creation … Continue reading

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Hull’s finest – class of ’17

It was the degree ceremony yesterday for Politics at Hull.  The picture shows me with some of the British Politics and Legislative Studies (BPLS) graduates.  It was a particularly good year in terms of results.  No fewer than four of those … Continue reading

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