Monthly Archives: July 2014

Lords Condemn Baroness Stowell’s Demotion

Last night, the House of Lords formally expressed regret at Baroness Stowell of Beeston’s demotion. During the course of the debate, peers made it clear that they deeply resented David Cameron’s decision to reduce her status and her salary. Peers didn’t … Continue reading

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“A New Magna Carta” Part 2: The Constitutional Consolidation Bill

The House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee has launched a public consultation on whether or not the United Kingdom needs a codified constitution. In order to jumpstart the debate, it has published a report that suggests three possible routes … Continue reading

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“WTF is the Lord Privy Seal?”

When I was going through my inbox, I discovered a question from the contact form that Gmail had squirreled away. Adrian wrote: WTF is the lord privy seal? As my loyal readers know, the office of Lord Privy Seal (or, to … Continue reading

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Lords Constitution Committee Reports on Baroness Stowell’s Demotion

David Cameron’s ill-judged decision to effectively demote Baroness Stowell of Beeston continues to generate fallout. Now the House of Lords Constitution Committee has weighed in on the matter, and its report is likely to cause more headaches for Downing Street. The … Continue reading

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“A New Magna Carta” Part 1: The Constitutional Code

The House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee has launched a public consultation on whether or not the United Kingdom needs a codified constitution. In order to jumpstart the debate, it has published a report that outlines some of the … Continue reading

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The Melancholy Case of Archbishop Abbot

On July 24, 1621, the Archbishop of Canterbury, George Abbot, killed a gamekeeper named Peter Hawkins while hunting in Bramshill Park. That unfortunate accident was the first scene in a protracted legal drama that would become a cause célèbre in … Continue reading

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Did David Cameron ‘Promote’ Baroness Stowell?

When I checked out the Court Circular this morning, I saw something surprising: The Baroness Stowell of Beeston took the Oath of Office as Lord Privy Seal, kissed hands upon her appointment and received the Privy Seal. . . . … Continue reading

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Does It Matter That Cameron’s New Attorney General Isn’t a QC?

This week’s reshuffle was not kind to the Law Officers of the Crown. David Cameron replaced both the Attorney General and the Solicitor General, and the former office is now filled by Jeremy Wright, a man described by Matthew Scott … Continue reading

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David Cameron Demotes the Leader of the Lords

Baroness Stowell of Beeston has replaced Lord Hill of Oareford as Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in David Cameron’s latest reshuffle (the office of ‘Leader of the House of Lords’ technically doesn’t exist, so … Continue reading

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