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The youngest MP

  The BBC this morning was reporting that Mhairi Black, the SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, is, at the age of 20, ‘Britain’s youngest member of Parliament since 1667’.  The problem with this is that it is incorrect by … Continue reading

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Working through committees

Both Houses of Parliament have tended to be chamber-oriented, a feature of Westminster-type parliaments.  It is only relatively recently that each has become more specialised through the use of permanent investigative committees.  Committee work increasingly occupies the time of members.   … Continue reading

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Doing things differently in the Lords….

Procedures in the Lords often differ from those in the Commons.   On legislation, for example, we do not employ guillotine or timetabling motions, all amendments tabled are put before the House, and amendments can be taken on Third Reading.   None … Continue reading

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The cost of the House of Lords

An answer to a written question appearing in today’s Lords Hansard gives the figures (for 2011-12) for the cost per member of the House of Commons, House of Lords, and the European Parliament. Expenditure (£m) per member was: House of Commons     … Continue reading

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‘Not so much whips as feather dusters’

A paper delivered at one of the panels at the Wroxton Workshop (see the previous post) was on the recruitment of government whips in the House of Commons.  This led to a discussion as to changes in the relationship between whips … Continue reading

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It’s all new…

I am variously invited to comment on how the coalition is operating.  In the context of Parliament, it is a little early to say.  We are in a unique situation.  We have had coalition governments before (most recently 1940-45), we … Continue reading

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An active intake

A co-chair of the Parliamentary University Group, I hosted a reception last night for parliamentarians and Vice-Chancellors.  I was struck not only by the number of newly-elected MPs who attended but also by their enthusiasm.  The 2010 intake – on … Continue reading

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