Partytime

Lord Soley

Our celebration party on Monday went very well. It was an opportunity for me to thank the staff of the House and of the Hansard Society for all the help they gave in setting this blog up so successfully.

It was an enjoyable occasion even if we did stay very sober – no Lords a leaping! I did wonder if it would prove necessary to table a new clause to the Criminal Justice Bill – drunk in charge of a blog! But I couldn’t decide what the sentence should be!

I was delighted that the Speaker, the Rt Hon Helene Hayman came along to give her support and she had also allowed us to use the River Room for our event. For details of her role and of the River Room see:

http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/principal/lord_speaker/lordspeaker.cfm

I have already had one potential new recruit and I hope others will come forward after the Parliamentary question tomorrow.

6 comments for “Partytime

  1. ladytizzy
    30/04/2008 at 4:36 pm

    My invite must have got lost in the post…I was busy, anyway.

    I see you’re first up, Lord Soley. Does the order of business matter in terms of, say, members getting stuck in traffic or long lunches?

    Why haven’t more peers enrolled here? I knew next to nothing about the HoL or its members before the launch. Who’d have guessed the plucky pioneers have got fan bases now?!

    Incidentally, has there been a noticeable increase in access to the Lord’s pages on Hansard?

  2. Stuart
    01/05/2008 at 11:44 am

    I know that peers lose some voting rights when they enter the Lords. Are you able to vote in the London elections?

  3. 01/05/2008 at 10:27 pm

    Sorry about the invite Ladytizzy. I was cycling over with it wearing my red hoody when I got a puncture. Then this nice chatty Mr Wolf turned up – the rest is history!

    Parliamentary questions go down some time in advance – it varies a bit. If you can’t get in to the House you can ask another Peer to put the question for you. That is not true in the House of Commons. There you have to tell the Speakers office and the Speaker won’t call the question. If you are not there and haven’t told the Speakers office your name is called and Members will shout “Where is he?”

    I have had a couple more queries about joining the blog so I am hopeful that our numbers will grow. I think many Peers are still a bit unsure about this brave new world!

    There probably has been a slight increase in Hansard hits but I’m not sure – it might come out when this blog is reviewed.

    Stuart. Peers lose the right to vote in Parliamentary elections but not local or regional. So I voted tonight following a spot of canvassing in London – guess who for!

  4. Clive Soley
    01/05/2008 at 10:31 pm

    Sorry about the invite Ladytizzy. I was cycling over with it wearing my red hoody when I got a puncture. Then this nice chatty Mr Wolf turned up – the rest is history!

    Parliamentary questions go down some time in advance – it varies a bit. If you can’t get in to the House you can ask another Peer to put the question for you. That is not true in the House of Commons. There you have to tell the Speakers office and the Speaker won’t call the question. If you are not there and haven’t told the Speakers office your name is called and Members will shout “Where is he?”

    I have had a couple more queries about joining the blog so I am hopeful that our numbers will grow. I think many Peers are still a bit unsure about this brave new world!

    There probably has been a slight increase in Hansard hits but I’m not sure – it might come out when this blog is reviewed.

    Stuart. Peers lose the right to vote in Parliamentary elections but not local or regional. So I voted tonight following a spot of canvassing in London – guess who for!

  5. 02/05/2008 at 8:27 am

    There is a punishment for being drunk in charge of a blog: That witty, insightful, piece that you thought you wrote (and made world readable)…

  6. Senex
    12/05/2008 at 6:53 pm

    Writer’s block is always a problem and knowing what to blog about in terms of editorial interest is going to be a challenge for your colleagues. Should the blog editorial aspire to professional quality journalism in its ability to convey clarity and capture interest?

    One thought did come to mind was to use the speakers team and a suggestion box. Speakers have to be present at all times so they know a good story when they hear one.

    Perhaps anonymously they could pop ideas into a suggestion box for peers to consider. For example, in a recent question time Lord Campbell-Savours had to question the conduct of members on TV and in debate that had been shouting at one another.

    A challenging editorial might have suggested that whilst it was deplorable it showed that the noble peers for all of their venerable years had real passion. Recycled teenagers seems to come to mind. Not exactly gossip but newsworthy nevertheless?

    Perhaps there should be an editorial thread from a guest blog editor or a non-peer?

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