Tag Archives: constitutional change

Debating the constitution…

On Monday, the Lords debated reports from the Constitution Committee on The Union and Devolution and Inter-Governmental Relations in the UK.  I spoke and used the occasion to pick up on a theme common to both, namely the failure of … Continue reading

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Addressing constitutional issues…

After the result of the referendum in Scotland, there is much discussion as to what steps to take now to address constitutional issues.  I have variously made the case for a constitutional convention to make sense of where we are … Continue reading

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Conservatives and constitutional change

It has been rather a peripatetic week.  Last Sunday, I was in Louth for the Mayor’s civic parade before heading for London in the evening, ready for the launch of the Joint Committee report (and the Alternative report) on Monday.  … Continue reading

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Summer writing

I presently have four book chapters completed and awaiting publication (on the Englishness of Westminster, Margaret Thatcher as Leader of the Opposition, Constitutional Change and the Tensions of Liberal Democracy, and Coalition Cohesion) as well as an article, on a … Continue reading

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Catching up

After a recess, other peers often ask how I spent it.  Mostly, the answer is ‘marking’.   No sooner has essay marking been completed than it is time to get on with exam scripts.  I am surrounded by them at the … Continue reading

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Special issue of Parliamentary History

I am pleased to report that the special issue of Parliamentary History, which I have edited, on ‘A Century of Constitutional Change’, has now been published online with the paper copy imminent.  It includes the two articles – ‘Introduction: A … Continue reading

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Moving forward

Peace appears to have broken out in the Lords.  This afternoon, the Leader of the House, Lord Strathclyde, announced that agreement had been reached through the usual channels on the timetable for committee stage of the Parliamentary Voting System and … Continue reading

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