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Fixing the date of Easter?

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Does anyone have a view as to whether we should have a fixed date for Easter, a fixed Spring bank holiday separate from Easter as a religious occasion, or leave things as they are? The Easter Act 1928 introduced a fixed date but provided that before a draft order could be laid before Parliament ‘regard…

Interested in Parliament 2….

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One of the best sources of information about Parliament is the Parliament website (www.parliament.uk). This now has a mass of useful information and is invaluable not only for learning about the institution but also about subjects debated or investigated by either House or their committees. Just browsing through the official report (Hansard) for each House,…

Interested in Parliament 1….

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The purpose of this blog is to inform a wider audience about the role of the House of Lords, hopefully provide some insights into its workings, and encourage interaction with those who read it. For anyone who is interested in learning more about the House, there are a number of valuable sources. There is the…

Party strength

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An academic colleague came to see me at the House yesterday. When a vote was called, he said to me ‘there is still a Conservative majority in the House, isn’t there?’ He is a specialist in British politics! This view appears still to be widely held. I had to point out that, since the House…

Beyond the Lords…

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This week I have had an opportunity not only to be engaged in business in the Lords but also to look more broadly at our constitutional arrangements. On Tuesday, I spoke at a sixth-form conference at Wellington College (above) on ‘Britain’s changing constitution’ and this morning I spoke to undergraduates at Wroxton College (below), the…