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What’s right with Parliament?

‘I spoke at the Hull Politics Sixth-Form Conference last September on ‘What’s right with Parliament?’  Parliament gets a great deal of criticism, some of it justified, but there are also developments which have strengthened it, not least in terms of scrutinising … Continue reading

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The winning entry…

There were some witty and innovative entries for the Easter caption competition.  There was a natural tendency to focus on the cone, though others picked up on the leg, and the columns, appearing to be attached to my head.  One … Continue reading

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Easter caption competition

A friend was keen to point out that it is time for another caption competition, so for this one I have selected a picture of a windswept me taken in Glasgow last year.  I was on my way to speak at … Continue reading

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Lecture on Hull MP

This year I have been invited to give two public lectures, each addressing the life of a particular parliamentarian.  Later this year, I shall be giving another Speaker’s Lecture at Westminster, this time on the remarkable Independent MP, Eleanor Rathbone.  … Continue reading

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A leading political commentator? Moi?

I am not used to appearing in lists of people who are the leading figures in this or that field.  I think one can safely assume I am not going to be a candidate for anything to do with money, … Continue reading

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21 years of editorship

 Just over 21 years ago, I met the publisher Frank Cass to discuss the possibility of starting a new journal in the field of legislative studies.  I felt there was a need for such a journal, especially one that was not … Continue reading

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Achieving change in the Lords

The final legislative business of the House of Lords last Thursday, prior to prorogation, was Royal Assent to several Bills.  These included what is now the House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Act.  This gives the House the power to expel … Continue reading

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