Tag Archives: 1922 Committee

‘Challenging’ for the leadership…

I have made the point previously that rules and structures are not neutral in their effect.  Utilising one set of rules can result in a different outcome than if another set is employed.  In a previous post, I observed that … Continue reading

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Sir Peter Tapsell

I was very sad to learn of the death of Sir Peter Tapsell. I had known him for over fifty years, ever since I corresponded with him when I was a young schoolboy and he was selected as parliamentary candidate … Continue reading

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If it’s Wednesday, it must be Liverpool…

The semester has ended.  Some people appear to think this mean academics can have a quieter time.  If only.  The only difference for me is that once the semester ends, life becomes somewhat more varied and peripatetic.  I still have … Continue reading

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The political organisation of Parliament

I realise I did not do a post about another recent publication of mine.  This redresses that oversight.  I have a chapter on ‘The political organisation of Parliament’, in Exploring Parliament, edited by Cristina Leston-Bandeira and Louise Thompson.  The book, … 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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Dispelling myths….

As regular readers will know, I have variously taken issue with claims that are incorrect, but which have continued to be recycled by commentators.  I suspect the problem is exacerbated nowadays by the fact that commercial pressures and a 24-hours … Continue reading

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It’s a book

The Voice of the Backbenchers – my history of the 1922 Committee – was launched on Tuesday at a reception, attended by the Prime Minister, to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1922 Committee.    It is published by the Conservative History … Continue reading

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