Tag Archives: House of Lords

Does size matter?

A total of 45 new peerages were announced today.  As it is a dissolution honours list, it is not surprising that it is notable for the number of former MPs included, not least those who have served in Cabinet, such … Continue reading

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The Lords deserve better…

The Electoral Reform Society has published a short document entitled House of Lords: Fact vs Fiction, which claims to shatter myths about the House of Lords.  It does no such thing.  ‘Far from being a chamber of experts’, it declares, … Continue reading

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Busy in the Lords…

The House rose today for the summer recess.  (The Commons rose yesterday.)  It has been a busy period since the new Parliament began.  The Government has lost a number of votes.  Yesterday, the House overwhelmingly backed a motion, moved by … Continue reading

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August is the month for writing….

It used to be the case that the summer vacation provided two or three months for serious writing.  Nowadays, because the House of Lords tends to sit until late July and the academic year starts in September (with plenty of … Continue reading

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Summer of writing

I usually have a number of publications forthcoming.  At the moment, I only have two: a chapter on ‘Continuity and Change in Parliamentarianism in the Twenty-first Century’ for the Routledge Handbook of European Politics and a chapter on the oratory … Continue reading

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Why did the House of Lords vote for same-sex marriage?

One of the most notable features of the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act last year was the large majority it achieved in the House of Lords.  It received a Second Reading by 390 votes to 148, with every … 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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