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Robert Hazell gives evidence at the Public Administration Select Committee

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Robert Hazell gave evidence at the Public Administration Select Committee in Westminster Palace today. This was the second session of PASC’s inquiry into Parliament’s Ombudsman Service. Members heard from Robert Hazell and two other academics who gave evidence on their experience and expertise drawn from different institutions and disciplines (administrative law, political science and British government).

Press Release: Small Lords reforms needed urgently, before new appointments

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Today sees publication of the Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee (PCRC) report on "House of Lords reform: what next?". Tomorrow the Commons debates a private member's bill on small steps to Lords reform. The urgency of reform is demonstrated by today's story in The Times newspaper that David Cameron plans to appoint a further 30 peers, just weeks after the last batch of appointment was announced in August.

Robert Hazell gives evidence at the House of Lords Constitution Committee

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Robert Hazell gave evidence at the House of Lords Constitution Committee in parliament today. He gave evidence on Constitutional implications of Coalition Government. 

Dr Meg Russell on BOOKtalk

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booktalk MR 12oct13

Meg Russell in discussion with Mark D'Arcy about her book 'The Contemporary House of Lords: Westminster Bicameralism Revived' on BOOKtalk on Saturday 12th October 2013

Prof Robert Hazell was interviewed on BBC Westminster Hour - Sunday 6th October 2013

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Scottish independence referendum

Professor Robert Hazell talks to John Beesley on the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum

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The Scotland Bill so far: Major constitutional legislation proceeding at the speed of an express train

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:00:02 +0000

Plans for expanding the powers of the Scottish Parliament have developed rapidly since the Scottish referendum. Jim Gallagher takes advantage of the pause afforded by Parliament’s summer recess to take stock of the Scotland Bill’s progress, and consider the stability of increased decentralisation in the longer term. Parliament’s summer recess is a good time to catch […]

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The truth about House of Lords appointments

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:30:54 +0000

Yesterday Prime Minister David Cameron, seemingly undeterred by the already negative media coverage about the Lord Sewel affair, gave strong indications that he intends to make yet more appointments to the Lords. In doing so, he appeared to invoke a convention that does not exist: that of bringing Lords membership into line with Commons seats. […]

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The government’s Freedom of Information commission tilts the political discussion towards damage and cost

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:00:26 +0000

On Friday of last week, the government announced a new commission on Freedom of Information. Here, Ben Worthy offers his response to the announcement, arguing that the objections to the scope and usage of FOI that have been raised are nothing new, and furthermore aren’t unique to the UK. Further, he argues that the commission’s remit tilts […]

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