Tag Archives: Jack Straw

Prisoner voting

At this morning’s meeting of the Joint Committee on the Draft Voter Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill, we took evidence from Jack Straw and David Davis.  Both have led the campaign in the Commons to maintain a blanket ban on prisoners being … Continue reading

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Recording a gesture…

The job of Hansard reporters is a demanding one.  Members sometimes are not always clear in what they say or how they say it, and sometimes employ words that are problematic.  Conveying in writing what is clear when a peer speaks … Continue reading

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What do you call former Lord Chancellors?

At yesterday’s meeting of the Constitution Committee in the Lords, we took evidence from three former Lord Chancellors – Jack Straw, Lord Mackay of Clashfern and Lord Falconer of Thoroton – as part of our inquiry into judicial appointments.  While … Continue reading

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Pronouncing Louth

In responding to comments on the post’ Don’t they know who I am?’ I pointed out that Jack Straw on one occasion got my name wrong (‘Lord North’!) and on another occasion mispronounced Louth.  When he mispronounced the town’s  name, another MP, … Continue reading

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Parliamentary wash-up

The parliamentary ‘wash-up’ is the period between the announcement of a general election and the end of the Parliament.  It occupies from two to four days and is used to try to get through the legislation that has not completed … Continue reading

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