Party strength

Lord Norton

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…

Lord Norton

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…

Is anybody listening?

Lord Dholakia

Some people may wonder if the House of Lords generates much publicity. Does anyone really know what’s going on in the Lords? The answer can be surprising.  On the 27th February I posed a question in the Chamber: “My Lords, the Government of Sri Lanka have already announced that they are prepared to hold unconditional…

Public Relations?

Lord Tyler

My fellow blogger, Frances D’Souza, and I have been interviewed about the ‘LordsoftheBlog’ project for the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘The Week in Westminster’, broadcast on Saturday morning.   Even the respected journalist Elinor Goodman – hostess of this week’s discussion – couldn’t resist challenging us on our motives.  Is this just PR (that is ‘public…

I was wrong about BMA

Baroness Murphy

I was so right ( see my last blog) to meet the BMA representatives today to talk through their concerns about the Health and Social Care Bill. In fact the anxieties which some of their members had expressed about the new fitness to practice procedures seem to have been addressed by their discussions with the…

BBC's The Week in Westminster

Baroness D'Souza

Lord (Paul) Tyler and I had a brief interview with the BBC on the value of this new blogging departure for the House of Lords. The point I think worth making is that there is an ever present danger that this House becomes a world looking inwards and we want it to be one looking…

Preparing for a Bill

Baroness Murphy

Like other blogging peers I’ve been amazed and delighted by the response of you blog-watchers. It’s certainly an incentive to carry on. A very busy couple of days for me. Yesterday was my Council meeting at St George’s University of London. I’ve been Chair of Council, the governing body of this college of the University…

Charities 2

Lord Dholakia

To continue along the same vein as my last ‘Charities’ post, another common use of peers’ time is the activities of the various All-Party Parlimentary Groups (APPGs). These range from the very serious (Genocide Prevention) to the social (Beer – ‘to promote the wholesomeness and enjoyment of beer and the unique role of the pub…

Good Lord – it works!

Lord Tyler

I’m amazed that so many interesting comments have arrived so quickly.  And I understand there have been thousands of ‘hits’ on the LordsoftheBlog website.  Since the whole purpose of the exercise is to try and make Parliament more accessible to the people we serve, this is clearly already a potential success.  As one of the other…