Tag Archives: Eleanor Rathbone

Women and Westminster

Last week, I spoke in debates on successive days.  On Monday, I contributed to the debate on women in public life – marking the centenary of the passage of the Representation of the People Act 1918 – and on Tuesday … Continue reading

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Eleanor Rathbone lecture

In an earlier post, I reported details of the Speaker’s Lecture I gave last November on Eleanor Rathbone, the remarkable Independent MP who sat in the Commons from 1929 until her death in January 1946. During her service in the … Continue reading

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Founder’s Day and Magna Carta lectures

As regular readers will know, I gave a number of public lectures last year.  One was the University of Hull’s Founder’s Day Lecture, on 23 April, which I gave on the subject of Speaking for Hull: Thomas Ferens as Parliamentarian, … Continue reading

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The Rathbone Lecture

I much appreciate the comments I have received on the Speaker’s Lecture I gave on Tuesday on the subject of Eleanor Rathbone (pictured) and which was broadcast last night on BBC Parliament.  I tend not to like watching myself on television – … Continue reading

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Speaker’s Lecture on Eleanor Rathbone

On Tuesday, I delivered the Speaker’s Lecture on Eleanor Rathbone.  The picture shows the Speaker, John Bercow, about to invite questions following the lecture. This year’s lecture series looks at distinguished parliamentarians over history, including Pitt the Younger, Edmund Burke, … Continue reading

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