UK Parliament Week

Lord Hylton

Celebrations for this are happening between November 13 and 17, with events in the historic Westminster Hall and the modern Parliamentary building called Portcullis House.  1300 schools and over 2600 other organizations are taking part, to make the work of Parliament better known and understood. Against this background, I thought it might be of interest…

The work of the Constitution Committee

Lord Norton

I have already drawn attention to the work of the Constitution Committee on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and our recent interim report on the measure.  (You can read the report here.)  We are now embarking on an inquiry into the Bill. We began with our first evidence session last Wednesday (1 November) when we took evidence…

No Fault Divorce

Baroness Deech

Resolution, formerly the Solicitors’ Family Law Association, is pushing hard for the introduction of no-fault divorce. This is currently understandable because of the embarrassing and avoidable litigation of Owens v Owens http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed176790, where a wife who had good reasons to want to divorce her husband found that the law stood in her way. I can…

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

Lord Hylton

Britain will be the host for this meeting in London and at Windsor during the week of April 16, 2018.  The overall theme will be “Towards a Common Future”. I believe there should be discussion followed by positive action on the following themes: 1:  India and Pakistan:  There is an urgent need for détente with…

Europe and the EU

Lord Hylton

My last four blogs have been about wars, that our media hardly mention, for example in Yemen, inside Turkey since 1984, in the Philippines against suspected drug dealers and users, or the coming health and survival crisis in Gaza. Today I would like to draw attention to the three million EU citizens living in Britain…

Yemen – the unknown war

Lord Hylton

This began with the Arab Spring of 2011-2012. Deaths have risen to some 10,000 of whom about 2000 have succumbed to cholera, often the result of polluted water. It is said that 42,000 people have been wounded by fighting and bombing. All sides have committed atrocities, including ISIS and Al Qaeda. Yet Saudi Arabia and…

The Philippines

Lord Hylton

My friend and correspondent there, Rev Shay Cullen, is a member of Columban Missionary Society and has served there for some thirty years or more. He has done remarkable work in rescuing and rehabilitating children and young people, from brothels, sex-bars, prisons and various addictions. He publishes regular bulletins in the media of Philippines, Hong…

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

Lord Norton

The House of Lords Constitution Committee is required to report to the House on Bills of constitutional significance.  The Committee’s practice is to publish a report once a Bill arrives in the House.  However, the constitutional significance of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which has just been introduced in the Commons, is such that the…