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Women and Westminster

Last week, I spoke in debates on successive days.  On Monday, I contributed to the debate on women in public life – marking the centenary of the passage of the Representation of the People Act 1918 – and on Tuesday … Continue reading

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Legislatures and the courts: a featured piece

In an earlier post, I drew attention to my article, ‘Legislatures and the Courts: The importance of place’, published in the Journal of International and Comparative Law.  It identifies the importance of place – where institutions are based can affect … Continue reading

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Law, conventions and practices

I have just received my copy of the second edition of Parliament and the Law, edited by Alexander Horne and Gavin Drewry.  I have contributed a chapter, with Lucinda Maer, on ‘Relationship between the two Houses’.  That relationship is shaped … Continue reading

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Restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster: the cost of delay

I have just received the answer to a question I tabled about what was the earliest date the two Houses could decant the Palace of Westminster if both Houses voted for that option and what was the estimated cost to the public purse of … Continue reading

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The continuing decline of parliamentary snail mail

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 House of Lords).  I have just received the … Continue reading

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Christmas caption competition: the winner..

There were some remarkably varied and inventive entries for the Christmas caption competition.  I was spoiled for choice in selecting a winner.  I enjoyed both entries by Tony Sands, not least his first which some may think was at attempt at … Continue reading

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Christmas caption competition

As promised, a Christmas caption competition.  The picture shows me with colleagues at a recent University Open Day.  Readers are invited to contribute a witty and appropriate (and in reasonably good taste) caption. I tend to think the pictures are … Continue reading

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