Tag Archives: Parliament Act 1911

What is the royal prerogative?

The royal prerogative is a matter of some debate at the moment – notably in respect of triggering notification of the UK’s intention to leave the EU under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union – but what is the royal prerogative? The prerogative comprises powers … Continue reading

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Repealing the Fixed-term Parliaments Act?

Some commentators, as I have previously noted, still appear to be unaware of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act and think that the PM can call a ‘snap’ election.  It is no longer in the gift of the PM to ask the … Continue reading

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Parliament Act v Fixed-term Parliaments Act

One reader reached the site recently by googling the query as to the difference between the Parliament Act and the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.  The Parliament Act 1911 provided that the maximum life of a Parliament was five years ( previously … Continue reading

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Christmas viewing

My 1911 Centenary Lecture on Enoch Powell was included in the BBC Parliament Channel’s summer loop for the period that Parliament was in recess.  I see that my History of Parliament Lecture on the Parliament Act 1911 is included in … Continue reading

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Parliament Act lecture on iPlayer

The History of Parliament annual lecture, which I delivered on Tuesday, on ‘Resisting the Inevitable? The Parliament Act 1911’, was broadcast on BBC Parliament on Saturday evening at 6.00 p.m. and again at 10.00 p.m.   For anyone who missed it … Continue reading

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Lecturing on the Parliament Act

Last night I delivered the eighth annual History of Parliament lecture, addressing the question ‘Resisting the Inevitable?  The Parliament Act 1911’.   The lecture took place in the Attlee Suite in Portcullis House and, I suspect benefiting from being included in … Continue reading

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Returning to Switzerland

Swiss Parliament As regular readers of Lords of the Blog will know, I was in Bern three years ago to take part in a conference to advise on the creation of a second chamber in the Iraq parliament.  I am returning … Continue reading

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