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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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Is David Cameron actually seeking to destroy the Lords?

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:00:58 +0000

Yesterday’s new peerage appointments attracted almost universal criticism for further adding to the inexorable growth in size of the House of Lords under David Cameron. But could the gradual erosion of the Lords’ reputation actually benefit the government by weakening parliament? Might it even be a deliberate plan? And – given that the Prime Minister […]

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Elections, referendums, political parties and the Constitution Unit

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:00:06 +0000

In the third of our series of posts adapted from presentations at the Unit’s 20th anniversary conference, Alan Renwick documents on how the UK’s electoral framework has evolved since 1995 and illustrates how the Unit has shaped the implementation of changes. Looking forward, he identifies the franchise and the current gulf between citizens and politicians as key areas for […]

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The Constitutional Standards of the House of Lords’ Constitution Committee: A valuable tool for enhancing scrutiny

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:00:47 +0000

To mark the launch of the second edition of The Constitutional Standards of the House of Lords Constitution Committee, Jack Simson Caird considers the role that a set of constitutional standards could play in the current government. Drawing on the example of English votes for English laws, he argues that such a code would increase […]

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