Scottish Parliament’s Equality and Human Rights Committee considers witness figures

At its meeting on 7 November, the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee considered figures on witnesses to the Parliament’s committees during the 2018-19 year. The figures were provided to the Parliament by Hugh Bochel and Colleen Wall. They Continue reading Scottish Parliament’s Equality and Human Rights Committee considers witness figures

New funded PhD studentship on legislative leadership and governance

A funded PhD studentship in the area of Legislative Leadership and Governance is available at the University of Lincoln. The successful candidate will work with staff in the ParliLinc research group to investigate leadership and governance of the legislatures at Continue reading New funded PhD studentship on legislative leadership and governance

Sam Shave presents paper on the rural poor and the old poor laws

In September 2019, Sam Shave presented a paper at the biennial interdisciplinary European Rural History conference in Paris, ‘”Deaf to the voice of humanity”: Scandal and the suffering of the rural poor in the final decades of the old poor laws’. Continue reading Sam Shave presents paper on the rural poor and the old poor laws

Ben Kisby’s new book on character education published

A new book written by Ben Kisby and Lee Jerome that looks at the rise of character education in Britain has been published as part of the Palgrave Pivot series. The book questions the individualistic and moralistic ideas underlying the Continue reading Ben Kisby’s new book on character education published

‘Being There’: Value, Impact and Practical Challenges of being an Academic Fellow in Parliament

Have you ever wondered what it is like to conduct your research in parliament? The UK legislatures host a number of fellowship schemes, including in partnership with various Research Councils, learned societies, charities and specific institutions, to enable academics at Continue reading ‘Being There’: Value, Impact and Practical Challenges of being an Academic Fellow in Parliament

Mark Bennister on the election of a new Speaker for the House of Commons

Electing a new Speaker: what happens next? After over ten years as Speaker, John Bercow has announced his intention to stand down at the end of October. As for who will replace him, that is unclear and will be decided by Continue reading Mark Bennister on the election of a new Speaker for the House of Commons

Select Committee Membership, Parliamentary Roles and Parliamentary Careers

Steve McKay and colleagues from Coventry University and the University of Birmingham, have had an article on MPs’ membership of select committees published in Parliamentary Affairs. It suggests that MPs approach this aspect of their parliamentary work in different ways, Continue reading Select Committee Membership, Parliamentary Roles and Parliamentary Careers

Effectiveness of select committees

Steve McKay and colleagues from Birmingham, Coventry and the LSE have published two blogs on the PSA Parliaments Group website. One examines the effectiveness of select committees in informing the House of Commons, as measured by whether they are debated Continue reading Effectiveness of select committees

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Westminster Workshop on Gender Sensitive Scrutiny

On 17 June, Hugh Bochel participated in the CPA UK Westminster Workshop on Gender Sensitive Scrutiny, as part of a panel with Baroness Barker, Sarah Champion MP and Naz Shah MP. The Workshop, which took place in Portcullis House, involved Continue reading Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Westminster Workshop on Gender Sensitive Scrutiny