Wheeler-Booth Memorial Lecture 2022

This year’s Wheeler-Booth Memorial Lecture at the SPG’s Annual Weekend was delivered by Dame Angela Eagle MP, on the 7th January 2022. Dame Angela’s speech can be read below: All too often lectures about Parliament are self-satisfied and complacent explanations of why the UK Parliamentary system is the envy of the world and superior toContinue reading “Wheeler-Booth Memorial Lecture 2022”

Select Committee Powers – A Debate

On Thursday 16th September, the Study of Parliament Group held a debate on select committee powers following the House of Commons Privilege Committee’s recent report: Select Committees and Contempts. We were joined for this debate by: Chris Bryant MP – Chair of the Committee of Privileges and the Committee on Standards Alexander Horne – Counsel,Continue reading “Select Committee Powers – A Debate”

Review of Parliaments and the Pandemic

Our recent publication, Parliaments and the Pandemic, has received a glowing review by Steven Chaplin, Adjunct Professor Commons Law and Fellow at uOttawa Public Law Centre, via the UK Constitutional Law Association’s blog. Steven says:   “For anyone who studies or advises Parliament or other legislative bodies, or any other large institution, Parliaments and the Pandemic, isContinue reading “Review of Parliaments and the Pandemic”

Parliaments and the Pandemic publication cited in Procedure Committee oral evidence session

The Study of Parliament Group’s recent publication Parliaments and the Pandemic was cited in an evidence session this week by the Clerk of the House of Commons, Dr John Benger, and Matthew Hamlyn, Strategic Director, Chamber Business Team, to the Procedure Committee, on how the House of Commons has adapted its procedures during the pandemic.Continue reading “Parliaments and the Pandemic publication cited in Procedure Committee oral evidence session”

Wheeler-Booth Memorial Lecture 2021

This year’s Wheeler-Booth Memorial Lecture at the SPG’s Annual Weekend was delivered by the Leader of the House of Commons, Rt Hon Jacob Rees Mogg on the 8th January 2021. The subject of this year’s lecture was ‘Why Parliament Matters’. A recording of the lecture is available below: An abridged version of the speech deliveredContinue reading “Wheeler-Booth Memorial Lecture 2021”

Parliaments and the Pandemic publication showcased on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today in Parliament’

On Friday 8th January, the SPG launched its new publication ‘Parliaments and the Pandemic’. As part of this launch Dr Hannah White (IfG) gave an interview to Mark D’Arcy discussing the publication. You can listen to the programme below, with Hannah’s interview beginning at 5.23.

Parliaments and the Pandemic – new SPG publication

In January 2021 the SPG published a collection of essays reflecting on the experience of parliaments in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020. The essays – written by current and former parliamentary staff, academics and others working in and on parliaments – examine how parliaments innovated and adapted their working practices to cope withContinue reading “Parliaments and the Pandemic – new SPG publication”

Michael Ryle Memorial Lecture 2020

This year’s Michael Ryle Memorial Lecture was delivered by the Lord Speaker, Lord Fowler on the 9th December 2020. The subject this year was the future of the House of Lords. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we held the lecture virtually for the first time and we were delighted that this meant that members of theContinue reading “Michael Ryle Memorial Lecture 2020”