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The inauguration of a US President

One of my colleagues in the Lords, knowing that Donald Trump was to be inaugurated as President of the USA on Friday, asked if the inauguration was determined by the day (Friday) or the date (20 January).  It is the … Continue reading

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Moving out of the Palace

Last September, the Joint Committee on the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster issued its report.  It drew attention to the fact that, although the Palace of Westminster is structurally sound, the building’s mechanical and electrical services – … Continue reading

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30 years as a professor

This autumn marked the thirtieth anniversary of my appointment as Professor of Government at the University of Hull.  My claim to fame is that, when I was appointed, I was the youngest professor of politics in the country.  To mark … Continue reading

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Why wasn’t the referendum binding?

In a previous post, I made the observation that there would not have been a legal challenge to the means of triggering notification under Article 50 of the TEU if the June referendum had been legally binding.  Although the Government … Continue reading

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Inside and outside the chamber

A great deal of parliamentary work takes place away from the chamber.  My regular activity tends to be committee focused.  Chamber activity tends to vary depending on the business.  Subjects that fall within my areas of interest can be rather … Continue reading

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The winner is…

There were, as ever, some ingenious entries for the caption competition.  Readers of the blog are clearly original and inventive thinkers.  As tends to be the case, I was spoilt for choice in selecting a winner.  A number of entries … Continue reading

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Autumn caption competition

Time for the autumn caption competition.  Regular readers may recognise this as one of the photographs taken when I attended and spoke at the Judges’ Summit on Human Trafficking and Organised Crime held at the Vatican in June.  As usual, … Continue reading

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