Tag Archive for Palace of Westminster

Judges come and go

Lord Norton

This morning, the new Justices of the Supreme Court were sworn in at the Supreme Court building (formerly Middlesex Guildhall) in Parliament Square.  Shortly afterwards, they were back in the Palace of Westminster.  To mark the start of the legal year, judges attend a service in Westminster Abbey and then process across to the Palace…

The committee corridor

Lord Norton

In the Palace of Westminster, the committee corridor (pictured) has been at the hub of committee activity, though it now has competition.  The corridor is remarkable for being a long, unbroken corridor running the length of much of the Palace.  It has sixteen committee rooms overlooking the Thames.  Committee Room 14 is the largest and…

Snippets from the Palace

Lord Norton

Working in the Palace of Westminster is a privilege, but it does have some problems, not least given the age of the building.  I have previously mentioned the cramped conditions in the Lords: space has not expanded sufficiently to keep abreast of the growth in the active membership.  There are also other problems, some transient…

Political geography

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Pictures of Parliament are normally confined to the Palace of Westminster.  However, the parliamentary estate stretches well beyond the Palace to the north and to the south-west.  Just as the Palace shapes behaviour, so too does the way the estate is configured.  The building of Portcullis House – modern, with a floor of dedicated committee rooms…

Sunny Westminster

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The photograph was taken shortly after 8.00 a.m. this morning, with the Palace bathed in sunlight. It is a remarkable contrast with the same time last week.   I have a two-mile walk in to the Palace and on that occasion the pavements were covered in thick ice for virtually the whole of the journey.   Given that I…