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Captured in oil

At the reception held at the House of Lords last December to mark the 30th anniversary of my appointment as Professor of Government at the University of Hull, two of my closest friends, both former students of mine, spoke.  Ken … Continue reading

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Power behind the scenes: the importance of social space in legislatures

In an earlier post, I reported on a talk I gave earlier this year at the PSA annual conference in Glasgow on the difference changes in social space in Parliament can make. On Friday, I gave a paper at the … Continue reading

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Winner of the November caption competition

There were some good entries for the November caption competition and more than I was expecting.  There were several contenders – it was difficult to select a frontrunner – that focused on the fact that the benches were red.  Some … Continue reading

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Greatness thrust upon one…

Last night (Tuesday), there was a Speaker’s Lecture, in Speaker’s House, on the future of Energy, given by Caroline Flint MP and Drew Hendry MP.  The Speaker, John Bercow, normally presides, but on this occasion was not able to attend.   He … Continue reading

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Studying the Scottish Parliament

I was in Edinburgh yesterday (Wednesday) at the Scottish Parliament with students taking our Comparative Legislatures module.  It was a valuable opportunity to look at the process of dealing with legislation and how the committee system operates.  The picture shows … Continue reading

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November caption competition…

I am conscious I have not done a post for some time.  It has been a hectic few weeks – we are already at the half-way point of the teaching semester.  I plan to catch up on posts.  I thought … Continue reading

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Debating the constitution…

On Monday, the Lords debated reports from the Constitution Committee on The Union and Devolution and Inter-Governmental Relations in the UK.  I spoke and used the occasion to pick up on a theme common to both, namely the failure of … Continue reading

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