Lord Norton

Constitutional implications of a ‘yes’ vote

Lord Norton

I get queries about what the constitutional implications are in the event of a ‘yes’ vote in the referendum in Scotland.  What will happen to MPs sitting for Scottish seats?  What are the implications for peers from Scotland?  People appear to think there are definitive answers.  My answer is to read the report of the Constitution Committee…

Attending Cabinet

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The House last night voted by 177 votes to 29 in support of a motion by Baroness Boothroyd that welcomed Baroness Stowell as Leader of the House, but regretted the decision of the PM to diminish the standing of the House by not making her a full member of Cabinet and requesting him to reconsider…

Constitutional standards

Lord Norton

On Monday, I chaired a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Constitution.  The speakers were Professor Dawn Oliver, of University College London, and Jack Simson Caird, of Queen Mary College, addressing their report, published by the Constitution Unit, on The Constitutional Standards of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution.  (You…

Quiz: the Lords and the law

Lord Norton

The Constitutional Reform Act 2005 excluded peers who were members of the Supreme Court from membership of the House for the period they held judicial office.  It also excluded peers who held other high judicial office.  Upon retirement, they resume their membership.  This quiz covers peers who have held judicial office.  As usual, the first…

Baroness Miller of Hendon

Lord Norton

I was very sad to hear of the death of Doreen Miller – Baroness Miller of Hendon – who died suddenly last Saturday, only days after her 81st birthday.  Many parliamentarians have paid tribute to her work.  She was a great champion of ensuring more women served in Parliament and faced some gruelling constituency selection processes. …