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Time for a little distraction… the caption competition

It appears some readers, not least a number overseas, are conscious that I have not had held a caption competition recently.  Given all that has been happening recently, now may be the time for a little light relief. The picture … Continue reading

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What goes on behind the scenes…

In an earlier post, I drew attention to my article in Parliamentary Affairs on the importance of informal space in legislatures – places where members gather informally (dining and tea rooms, division lobbies, corridors) and in which discussion between MPs … Continue reading

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Brexit and the constitution

When I spoke in the Second Reading debate on the EU Referendum Bill in 2015, I noted that peers were not so much focusing on the content of the Bill as rehearsing the arguments they proposed to deploy in the … Continue reading

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Conservative leaders and Europe

I have seen various report claiming that the issue of European integration has been responsible for bringing down Conservative Prime Ministers from Edward Heath onwards – and at least one also suggesting it brought down Harold Macmillan.  European integration has … Continue reading

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Speaker’s Lecture on Willie Whitelaw

My Speaker’s Lecture, on ‘What if Edward Heath had resigned in October 1974 and Willie Whitelaw had become Tory leader?’, delivered in Speaker’s House on 18 March, was broadcast on BBC Parliament last night (30 March). If anyone who did … Continue reading

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A temporary Prime Minister?

The media have been awash with stories of attempts to oust the Prime Minister and replace her with an interim Prime Minister.  There has been little comment on the constitutional propriety of such a move. Little literature exists on the … Continue reading

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What if?

The current series of Speaker’s Lectures is on ‘What if?’, inviting speakers to address counter-factuals.  The first was given by Lord Adonis on ‘What if Roy Jenkins had become Prime Minister in 1968’?  On Monday evening, I gave the lecture … Continue reading

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