Tag Archives: House of Lords Reform Bill

Debating the role of the second chamber

Having uploaded one video recently, I decided to follow it with another.  It is my speech in the debate on the report of the Joint Committee of the House of Lords Reform Bill in 2012.  I thought I would do … Continue reading

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Hull students taking the initiative

Reviewing my photograph file, I realised I had a picture of some of the British Politics and Legislative Studies (BPLS) students who were on placement at Westminster this past year, seen here attending a seminar.  They include some of the … Continue reading

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What the agreement actually says

I return to the subject of what is in the Coalition Agreement.  There has been a lot of talk in recent days about the agreement, not least claims it has been broken, but usually without reference to what it actually says.  Section … Continue reading

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The duck effect

Westminster is fairly quiet this week.  Last week, we had the high drama of the vote in the Commons on the Second Reading of the House of Lords Reform Bill.  This week, the Commons has risen for the summer.  The … Continue reading

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Spilling the beans

Supporters of the House of Lords Reform Bill keep calling in aid the Coalition Agreement.  The only problem is that it doesn’t say what they think it says.  (The commitment is to set up a committee to bring forward proposals … Continue reading

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Not the most compelling of arguments…

There were some excellent speeches in the Commons on Monday and Tuesday in the debate on the House of Lords Reform Bill.  There were also some that left one wondering why the person had bothered to speak.  One of the least compelling was … Continue reading

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Secret deals?

BBC News is reporting that ‘Mr Cameron was warned by Deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg earlier that the coalition had entered a “contract” to get the plans [the House of Lords Reform Bill] through. He said: … Continue reading

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