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RIP Trevor Smith

I was very sad to see that Trevor Smith, Lord Smith of Clifton, had died.  (The Clifton in the title is Clifton, York, not – as many assumed – Clifton, Bristol.)  Until he retired from the Lords two years ago, … Continue reading

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If it’s Wednesday, it must be Liverpool…

The semester has ended.  Some people appear to think this mean academics can have a quieter time.  If only.  The only difference for me is that once the semester ends, life becomes somewhat more varied and peripatetic.  I still have … Continue reading

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Captured in oil

At the reception held at the House of Lords last December to mark the 30th anniversary of my appointment as Professor of Government at the University of Hull, two of my closest friends, both former students of mine, spoke.  Ken … Continue reading

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Hull’s finest – class of ’17

It was the degree ceremony yesterday for Politics at Hull.  The picture shows me with some of the British Politics and Legislative Studies (BPLS) graduates.  It was a particularly good year in terms of results.  No fewer than four of those … Continue reading

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30 years as a professor

This autumn marked the thirtieth anniversary of my appointment as Professor of Government at the University of Hull.  My claim to fame is that, when I was appointed, I was the youngest professor of politics in the country.  To mark … Continue reading

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Freeman of the City of Kingston upon Hull

Yesterday, I and my colleague Lord Parekh were installed as Honorary Freemen of the City of Kingston upon Hull.  It was a remarkable honour in its own right, made all the more so by the fact that very few people … 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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Founder’s Day and Magna Carta lectures

As regular readers will know, I gave a number of public lectures last year.  One was the University of Hull’s Founder’s Day Lecture, on 23 April, which I gave on the subject of Speaking for Hull: Thomas Ferens as Parliamentarian, … Continue reading

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The impact of a local MP

Last Thursday I delivered the University’s Founder’s Day Lecture at Holy Trinity Church, Hull.  The picture shows me in full flow.  As mentioned in my earlier post, my topic was Thomas Ferens as a  parliamentarian.  Ferens was founder of the … Continue reading

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Lecture on Hull MP

This year I have been invited to give two public lectures, each addressing the life of a particular parliamentarian.  Later this year, I shall be giving another Speaker’s Lecture at Westminster, this time on the remarkable Independent MP, Eleanor Rathbone.  … Continue reading

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