Tag Archive for Lord Speaker

A flaw in the new rules?

Lord Norton

Lord Tyler refers to the brief debate on Thursday on the report from the Procedure Committee.  The report includes new rules for the election of the Lord Speaker, a defect having been found in the existing rules.  The new rules provide that a Lord Speaker should be elected no later than 15 July every five…

Peers outreach programme

Lord Soley

I went to Faringdon Community College http://www.fcc.oxon.sch.uk/ on Friday as part of the Peers Outreach Prograame. The College has a specialist status in engineering and appears to be doing very well. I always ask how many students have looked at Lords of the Blog – alas all too few! maybe this entry will increase the number! The…

Peers' expenses

Lord Norton

There was an item on the BBC Today programme this morning on peers’ expenses.  It was a rather unusual report.  It opened by saying that “this programme has learned” that two peers are being investigated over their expenses, as if this was something not previously known.  Perhaps no one at the BBC reads The Sunday Times. …

Opening up the Palace

Lord Norton

The upper floor in the south-east corner of the Palace comprises what used to be the residence of the Lord Chancellor.  It includes a magnificent room, overlooking the Thames, called – not surprisingly – the River Room.  Its use is now within the responsibility of the Lord Speaker.  She has made it available primarily for charitable and…

Guest blog: The Lord Speaker

Guest Contributor

Given my enthusiastic support for the Lords of the Blog project, when it was suggested by one of the users of the site that I should explain more about my role, I was very happy to respond – specially since this is a “guest spot”, which means I don’t have to show the same impressive…