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Eminent Parliamentarians

Lord Norton

Last year, in order to mark the centenary of the passage of the Parliament Act 1911, the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, organised a series of lectures on great parliamentarians.  Each was delivered by a parliamentarian and broadcast by BBC Parliament.  I gave the lecture on Enoch Powell.   At the end of the series,…

Lecturing on Enoch Powell

Lord Norton

Amidst the essay and exam marking over the past few weeks, I was also busy working on a lecture on Enoch Powell, one of the most controversial politicians of the latter half of the 20th Century as well as a distinguished parliamentarian.   The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has organised a series of lectures…

An unnecessary ceremony?

Lord Norton

When a new Speaker is elected by the Commons, the approbation of the monarch is required.  Rather than attend in person, the monarch conveys  that approbation through a royal commission.  MPs are summoned to the bar of the House of Lords and the commission – comprising the Lord Chancellor and the leaders of the parties…