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Debating Private Members’ Bills

Sir Christopher Chope, the MP for Christchurch, has attracted widespread criticism for his action last Friday in blocking a Private Member’s Bill to protect girls from female genital mutilation.  In the Commons, Private Members’ Bills that have not been allocated time … Continue reading

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Enhancing Degree Apprenticeships

I chair the Higher Education Commission, which draws members from business, academe, and Parliament, and which holds inquiries designed to enhance higher education.  I co-chair each inquiry.  Our latest report, on degree apprenticeships, was published on Tuesday and launched in … Continue reading

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‘Dear MP/peer..’ From letters to e-mails…

As regular readers know, at the start of each year I table a parliamentary question asking how many items of correspondence were received in the Palace of Westminster in the previous year (and, of these, what proportion was received in the … Continue reading

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Caption competition – the winner…

There were some splendid entries for the caption competition and, as ever, I was spoilt for choice.  The entry that was most geared to the subject of the lecture – the classics and Parliament – was Neil M with ‘Judicial, … Continue reading

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New Year caption competition

I thought some readers would appreciate a New Year caption competition, so here is the first of 2019.  It shows me speaking to some students after I gave the inaugural lecture, on Parliament and the Classics, at the Victoria Gallery, … Continue reading

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Happy New Year – from both of me…

Happy New Year.  In my earlier post on some of the different ways I have been addressed in correspondence, I confined the list to mail received in Hull.  I also get some interesting variations on my name on letters sent … Continue reading

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More on you-know-what… The Fixed-term Parliaments Act

Readers would probably feel there was a gap in their Yuletide celebrations if I failed to post another missive on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act. Events before Christmas – indeed during Christmas – could have been especially difficult had Jeremy Corbyn … Continue reading

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