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A fitting tribute

Lord Norton

Wednesday of last week was the final sitting day before the summer recess.  The conclusion of the sitting was unusual because members broke into applause.   It was the last sitting presided over by the current Lord Speaker, Baroness Hayman.   As she left the chamber, peers broke into spontaneous applause, in appreciation of all her work as our…

The Westminster system of government

Lord Norton

I spoke yesterday to a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association seminar which brought together more than sixty parliamentarians and officials from a large number of Commonwealth countries.  My task was to open with a paper on the Westminster system of government.   This is actually quite a challenging exercise.  The Westminster Parliament and the Westminster system of government are…