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On leadership

I spoke last night at Westminster Abbey at a reception to mark the publication of 300 Years of Leadership and Innovation, published by St James’ House in collaboration with the History of Parliament.  It was published to mark the tercentenary … Continue reading

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Leadership training for ministers and civil servants

My debate in the Lords last Thursday on the case for minsters and senior civil servants to be trained in core leadership skills attracted high quality speakers, including chair of the Constitution Committee, Baroness Taylor of Bolton, former Lord Chancellor … Continue reading

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My Lords, read the book…

When one speaks in a debate in the Lords, it is always gratifying when others refer to the speech.  On occasion one gets mentioned without speaking.  Because of a graduation ceremony in Hull last Thursday, I was not able to … Continue reading

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Making the case for a statutory House of Lords appointments commission

My Question for Short Debate (QSD) – asking what plans the Government had to put the House of Lords Appointments Commission on a statutory basis – was taken as dinner break business last Monday.  As it was my QSD, I … Continue reading

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The need to keep MPs’ onside….

In response to criticism by some Conservative MPs of Dominic Raab’s handling of the   Afghanistan crisis, one ally of the Foreign Secretary is reported to have said ‘The foreign secretary doesn’t have time to sit in the tearoom talking to … Continue reading

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Debates in the Lords….

I was in the Lords last week for the debate on Afghanistan.  There were over 100 speakers, but the debate was notable more for the quality of some speeches than the quantity.  It reflected the experience and expertise of the … Continue reading

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Caption competition: the winner is…

There were some splendid entries for the caption competition.  As usual, it was a difficult choice.  Some were especially inventive.  Some made good use of the picture to link to my work or teaching.  A commendation to Malcolm Wells for … Continue reading

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Caption competition….

BY popular demand (well, reader Tony Sands, is especially keen) another caption competition.  This one should get the regular contributors especially exercised.  It is a photograph taken at the 14th Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians, held in July 2019 … Continue reading

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Politics UK – now in its 10th edition…

Next week (29 July) sees the publication of the latest edition of Politics UK.  I have just received advance copies.  It is certainly a heavyweight publication.  At 780 pages it is heavy to lift – and that is just the … Continue reading

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Reforming the House of Lords

Just over twenty years ago, the then Sir Patrick (now Lord) Cormack and I formed the Campaign for an Effective Second Chamber to press the case for reform within the House to strengthen it in fulfilling its functions.  The House … Continue reading

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