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Speaker’s Lecture on Willie Whitelaw

My Speaker’s Lecture, on ‘What if Edward Heath had resigned in October 1974 and Willie Whitelaw had become Tory leader?’, delivered in Speaker’s House on 18 March, was broadcast on BBC Parliament last night (30 March). If anyone who did … Continue reading

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What if?

The current series of Speaker’s Lectures is on ‘What if?’, inviting speakers to address counter-factuals.  The first was given by Lord Adonis on ‘What if Roy Jenkins had become Prime Minister in 1968’?  On Monday evening, I gave the lecture … Continue reading

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Have paper, will travel…

My teaching and parliamentary work has been complemented in recent weeks by giving papers on different topics and in different venues. At the end of last month, I gave the inaugural lecture, on the subject of ‘The Classics and Parliament’, … Continue reading

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Greatness thrust upon one…

Last night (Tuesday), there was a Speaker’s Lecture, in Speaker’s House, on the future of Energy, given by Caroline Flint MP and Drew Hendry MP.  The Speaker, John Bercow, normally presides, but on this occasion was not able to attend.   He … Continue reading

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Eleanor Rathbone lecture

In an earlier post, I reported details of the Speaker’s Lecture I gave last November on Eleanor Rathbone, the remarkable Independent MP who sat in the Commons from 1929 until her death in January 1946. During her service in the … Continue reading

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The Rathbone Lecture

I much appreciate the comments I have received on the Speaker’s Lecture I gave on Tuesday on the subject of Eleanor Rathbone (pictured) and which was broadcast last night on BBC Parliament.  I tend not to like watching myself on television – … Continue reading

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Speaker’s Lecture on Eleanor Rathbone

On Tuesday, I delivered the Speaker’s Lecture on Eleanor Rathbone.  The picture shows the Speaker, John Bercow, about to invite questions following the lecture. This year’s lecture series looks at distinguished parliamentarians over history, including Pitt the Younger, Edmund Burke, … Continue reading

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