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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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Revisiting ‘The Conservative Nation’

I recently took part in a seminar, organised by Political Quarterly, to discuss the work of Andrew Gamble, author of numerous works on political science, including The Conservative Nation, and a colleague when I was at the University of Sheffield.  … Continue reading

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Maintaining the Palace of Westminster

Three years ago I asked a question about the cost of repairing and maintaining the Palace of Westminster in the period leading up to the expected decant of the Palace for the Restoration and Renewal Programme.   The annual cost of … Continue reading

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Debating the Constitution

At the beginning of a new session, several days in each House are devoted to debating the Queen’s Speech, with each day allocated to a particular topic.  On Thursday of last week, the debate in the Lords was on the … Continue reading

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Webinar on Governing Britain

The recording of last week’s Hull University Centre for British Politics webinar on Governing Britain can now be viewed here.

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Weighty tomes…

On Wednesday, I took part in a Hull University Centre for British Politics webinar on ‘Governing Britain’, hosted by my colleague Dr Liz Monaghan.  It was an opportunity for her and members of the online audience to put questions about … Continue reading

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The changing constituency roles of the MP

There is no job description for an MP.  Each represents a constituency and how they do so is shaped by their own interpretation as well as by the expectations of constituents.  There is no one constituency role, but rather several.  … Continue reading

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RIP Trevor Smith

I was very sad to see that Trevor Smith, Lord Smith of Clifton, had died.  (The Clifton in the title is Clifton, York, not – as many assumed – Clifton, Bristol.)  Until he retired from the Lords two years ago, … Continue reading

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Parliament and COVID-19

Earlier today, I took part in a panel discussion organised by the Institute for Government on Parliament and the Pandemic: The Legacy of COVID-19.  Also on the panel was a former student of mine, Tracey Crouch, MP for Chatham and … Continue reading

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