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When does a practice become a convention?

One of the topics covered in Governing Britain is that of constitutional conventions.  I distinguish between conventions and practice.  The former are rules accepted as binding by those at whom they are directed.  They are complied with because they are … Continue reading

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Standing in for the Prime Minister…

Downing Street announced earlier in the week that should the Prime Minister become incapacitated through illness, Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State, Dominic Raab, will stand in for him. Although the term ‘designated survivor’ has been used, it appears … Continue reading

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A temporary Prime Minister?

The media have been awash with stories of attempts to oust the Prime Minister and replace her with an interim Prime Minister.  There has been little comment on the constitutional propriety of such a move. Little literature exists on the … Continue reading

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Recent highlights

The past three weeks have provided highlights of different sorts.  The week before last it was meetings with the Prime Minister.  I was at a sandwich lunch with him in his office in the House of Commons on Wednesday.  On … Continue reading

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Summer highlights

The period leading up to the summer recess can be quite a hectic one, with members looking forward to getting something of a break.  This was especially the case this year in the Lords, given that we were sitting until … Continue reading

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The week in Westminster…

This week I am based almost wholly in Westminster, a combination of parliamentary business and the fact that students still working on projects are my students  in Westminster.   The teaching semester has finished in Hull. On Monday, it was a … Continue reading

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