On this page you can find more information about our annual weekend, including a PDF version of the conference programme.
More information about each panel, including panellist profiles will be added in due course and will be available using the panel links below.
The Chatham House Rule
The SPG Annual Weekend operates under the Chatham House Rule by default. Where this rule may not apply, the chair of the respective panel session will make this clear. For those unfamiliar with the specifics of the Chatham House Rule, this means that “participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.” The Chatham House Rule always applies to the Q&A parts of any SPG event.
** Please note that the Chatham House Rule also applies to Twitter**
Friday 7th January
|General welcome||12:45-13:00||Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira. (SPG Chair and Professor of Politics, University of Leeds|
Tom Healey. (SPG Deputy Chair and Principal Clerk of Select Committees, House of Commons
|Inter-Parliamentary Relations in the UK: What is happening, and what next?||13:00-14:30||A panel discussion among senior parliamentarians from all four of the UK’s legislatures, in light of post-Brexit experience so far.|
Sir Evan Paul Silk KCB FLSW
Clare Adamson MSP (SNP). (Convenor, Constitutional, European, External Affairs and Cultures Committee, Scottish Parliament).
Baroness Andrews (Labour). (Chair, Common Frameworks Scrutiny Committee, House of Lords).
Karen Bradley MP (Conservative). (Chair, Procedure Committee, House of Commons).
Huw Irranca-Davies MS (Labour). (Chair, Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee, Senedd Cymru; Former MP for Ogmore 2002-2016).
Matthew O’Toole MLA (SDLP), (Deputy Chair, Economy Committee, Northern Ireland Assembly).
|Coffee/Refreshment Break||14:30-15:00||Opportunity to view posters exhibition and a chance to catch up with group members. Or take some time away from the screen if you are joining us virtually.|
|Parliamentary privilege: the Scottish experience and a Westminster comparison.||15:00-16:30||Chair: |
Stephen Imrie (Clerk to the Criminal Justice Committee, Scottish Parliament).
Andrew Tickell (Lecturer in Law, Glasgow Caledonian University, regular contributor and commentator on law and politics in Scotland).
Christine O’Neill QC, (Chairman of Brodies LLP, junior counsel for the Scottish Government in its defence of Alex Salmond’s judicial review of its investigation into allegations of harassment).
David Howarth (ex Liberal Democrat MP and Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Cambridge).
|Coffee/Refreshment Break||16:30-17:00||Opportunity to view posters exhibition and a chance to catch up with group members. Or take some time away from the screen if you are joining us virtually.|
|Parliaments and Net Zero||17:00-18:00||Chair: |
Dr Hannah White OBE
Baroness Hayman (Co-Chair of Peers For Planet).
Prof Graham Smith, (University of Westminster and Chair of Knowledge Network on Climate Assemblies).
Martyn Atkins, (Clerk of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Select Committee)
|Wheeler-Booth Memorial Lecture||18:15-19:15||Chair:|
Professor The Lord Norton of Louth (SPG President and Professor of Government, Hull University).
Dame Angela Eagle MP
Saturday 8th January
|Annual General Meeting||09:00-10:00||SPG Executive Members|
|Coffee/Refreshment break||10:00-10:30||Opportunity to view posters exhibition and a chance to catch up with group members. Or take some time away from the screen if you are joining us virtually.|
|Remote Participation and the future of Parliamentary broadcasting||10:30-12:00||Chair: |
Tom Healey (SPG Deputy Chair and Principal Clerk of Select Committees, House of Commons).
John Angeli OBE (Director of Parliamentary Audio/Video and Head of the Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit).
Ayeesha Bhutta (Principal Private Secretary to the Leader and Chief Whip, House of Lords).
Joanna Dodd (Clerk of the Health & Social Care Committee and former Clerk of Divisions, House of Commons).
|Informal break-out meetings||12:45-13:30||Opportunity for members to organise their own meetings (and view posters)|
Informal talk by Charles Feldman, President of the Canadian Study of Parliament Group on: Two Chambers, (At Least) Four Policies: Recent Developments in Addressing Harassment in the Canadian Parliament
|In conversation with John Pullinger CB||13:30-14:30||Chair: |
Oonagh Gay OBE (former House of Commons Library Clerk)
John Pullinger CB (Chair of the Electoral Commission).
|Science in Parliament||14:45-16:15||This panel will discuss how scientists, parliamentarians and parliamentary staff interact to enable scientific advice and research evidence to be used in the work of the UK Parliament, with particular reference to their experiences during the Covid pandemic.|
Professor Andrew Blick (Department of Political Economy, King’s College London).
The Lord Krebs (Member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology).
Dr Sarah Bunn (Biology and Health Adviser, the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, UK Parliament).
Danielle Nash (Clerk of the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology).
Professor Pete Smith (Chair in Plant & Soil Science, University of Aberdeen and adviser to the Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology).