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Scholars and parliamentarians

As regular readers will know, I organise the biennial Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians, which provides an opportunity for academics to present findings likely to be of practical interest to parliamentarians.  It also facilitates extensive dialogue between the two.  The Workshop is … Continue reading

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Public office, private conduct

The allegations against Lord Sewel have generated significant media interest in the House of Lords.  This has encompassed exploring the role and functions of the House.  Much of the coverage reveals notable ignorance about the House and, in the case of … Continue reading

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Busy in the Lords…

The House rose today for the summer recess.  (The Commons rose yesterday.)  It has been a busy period since the new Parliament began.  The Government has lost a number of votes.  Yesterday, the House overwhelmingly backed a motion, moved by … Continue reading

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Guess the town

I thought I would introduce a quick quiz.  There isn’t a formal prize, other than the kudos of being the first to provide the correct answer.  I recently met up with a friend to visit a town with which I … Continue reading

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The future of the constitution?

On Friday, I spoke on the Second Reading of the Constitutional Convention Bill, a Private Member’s Bill introduced by Lord Purvis of Tweed.  Even as a measure to establish a convention, it was flawed.  However, before addressing the particular flaws, … Continue reading

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Winner of the Bagehot competition

I can now reveal the winner of the Bagehot caption competition.  It was a difficult one to judge.  There was a splendid array of entries, but deciding which one had the edge over others was far from easy.  Should I … Continue reading

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Who oversees the constitution?

I am now back on the Constitution Committee of the Lords.  On Wednesday, we took evidence from the two Cabinet Office ministers, Oliver Letwin and John Penrose, and the President and Deputy President of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger and … Continue reading

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