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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 – 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”

Covid-19 and Parliaments Seminars

Over the course of the summer the Study of Parliament Group hosted a number of virtual seminars addressing the impact of Covid-19 on parliaments. Sessions included: Covid-19 and the UK, Canadian and Australian Parliaments (29th April) Covid-19 and gender sensitivity in parliaments (13th May) Covid-19 and the parliaments of the Crown Dependencies (28th May) Covid-19Continue reading “Covid-19 and Parliaments Seminars”

Kenneth Clarke in conversation with Meg Russell

View this video of Kenneth Clarke, former Father of the House of Commons, in conversation with Professor Meg Russell, Director of the Constitution Unit, in a joint SPG/Constitution Unit event on 27 February 2020.

Annual Conference, 10-11 January 2020

The Group held its annual conference at Cohen Quad, Exeter College, Oxford. Topics discussed included the use of data for scrutiny, Parliament and the Law, current academic research, Gender Sensitive Parliaments and a discussion with Chris Bryant MP. The second Michael Wheeler-Booth Memorial Lecture was given by Meg Hillier MP.

Conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the reformed select committee system

Between the 27th and 28th June the Study of Parliament Group and House of Commons held a two day conference to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the introduction of House of Commons Select Committees. More details about the conference can be found on the dedicated website here. The 2019 Michael Ryle Memorial Lecture was given as part ofContinue reading “Conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the reformed select committee system”

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