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Not the answer

During debate on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill earlier this year, there were attempts to amend the Bill to reduce the number of ministers.  Some parliamentarians argued that if the number of MPs was reduced, then there needed … Continue reading

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Another long day

Yesterday was another long day.  Here are a few super-tweets: Breakfast meeting with a graduate student. Constitution Committee: we take evidence from Lord Jay, chair of the House of Lords Appointments Commission.  He says they are considering being proactive in … Continue reading

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Another of those weeks

It has been another of those weeks, teaching, marking, being present for the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, and working on the draft report for the Public Administration Committee in the Commons.   Trying to juggle the tasks hasn’t always … Continue reading

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Moving forward

Peace appears to have broken out in the Lords.  This afternoon, the Leader of the House, Lord Strathclyde, announced that agreement had been reached through the usual channels on the timetable for committee stage of the Parliamentary Voting System and … Continue reading

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Debate on the number of ministers

The debate on Wednesday on my amendment to the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill to reduce the number of ministers  can be read here.  Bear in mind that it took place at committee stage of the Bill.   It will be interesting to … Continue reading

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Too many ministers

Earlier this evening I moved an amendment to the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill.  Or rather I moved an amendment to an amendment.  Lord Falconer of Thoroton moved an amendment to provide that the number of ministers sitting in … Continue reading

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Another hectic week

I have just finished invigilating an examination.  This is the closest I suspect I will get this week to a period of relative quiet.  The rest of the week will be spent dashing between Westminster (the continuing saga of the … Continue reading

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Sleepless nights

Wednesday’s sitting of the House was another late one.  It was not an all-night sitting as on Monday, but we did sit until 3.00 a.m.   There were votes, the last one at 2.00 a.m., so I was able to prove … Continue reading

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The night wears on…

We are in for a long haul.  When debate on the second group of amendments dragged on – with peers speaking at length, digressing and explaining at length why they were not filibustering – a peer moved the motion ‘That … Continue reading

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As I said in the House….

In the event, I spoke on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill on Monday evening – or, strictly speaking, Tuesday morning – at 12.10 a.m.  Anyone interested in my pearls of wisdom can find them here at col. 654.   Not … Continue reading

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