Tag Archives: Portcullis House

Social space in Parliament

 As I reported in an earlier post, I spoke at the panel on ‘Designing for Democracy’ at the PSA Conference in Glasgow, looking at the design of Parliament. How parliamentarians behave is shaped by their physical surroundings.  As Winston Churchill … Continue reading

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All quiet on the Westminster front

I was in Westminster yesterday to catch up on paperwork and  some research.  The Palace was, as one might expect, fairly quiet, as it tends to be in August, though by no means deserted.  During recesses, parliamentary offices continue to be … Continue reading

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Cracking news

At the end of the afternoon yesterday, I popped over to the Despatch Box in the Atrium in Portcullis House for a cup of tea.  The plan was to get on with essay marking, but as usual various people saw me … Continue reading

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Lull before the storm

Westminster is proving to be notably quiet in the period between the September sitting and the two Houses resuming next month.  The atrium in Portcullis House is less busy than during the main summer recess.  In part, this may be because … Continue reading

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Networking in the Palace

The Palace of Westminster is a maze of offices.  Over the years, more have been created.  Opposite my office, for example, is what I understand used to be Black Rod’s shower room: this tiny space now houses desks for two … Continue reading

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Less quiet in Westminster

I returned to Westminster yesterday afternoon, in part to attend a reception in the House last night (for Hull University alumni) and today to get on with some paperwork, in between marking dissertations that is.  It is notable how much … Continue reading

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The silence of Westminster

I travelled down to Westminster this afternoon to begin the not inconsiderable task of reducing the piles of paperwork clogging up my desk and much of the floor space around the desk.   The Palace is notable for being eerily silent.  … Continue reading

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