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The Prime Minister’s Appointments Secretary And Episcopal Appointments

My recent post on Tony Blair and the Bishopric of Liverpool has highlighted the role of the Prime Minister’s Appointments Secretary in the process of choosing bishops. Blair’s Appointments Secretary, John Holroyd, clearly played an active role in influencing Blair’s … Continue reading

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The Convocations Of The Clergy And Parliament

In honor of the fact that my thesis on the Convocation of Canterbury and the Royal Supremacy is now ten years old, I thought I’d do a short post on the relationship between the Convocations and Parliament. Starting in 1226, … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On The First Virtual Privy Council

The Queen held a meeting of the Privy Council on Friday, but while the business was routine, the circumstances were not. The United Kingdom is currently in a state of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the Government … Continue reading

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Could The Queen Dismiss Boris Johnson?

With Boris Johnson seemingly determined to take Britain out of the European Union on October 31 come hell or high water, MPs from all parties are debating how they can stop a no-deal Brexit. One of the options under consideration … Continue reading

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How Are British Supreme Court Justices Appointed?

As my fellow Americans take in the seemingly endless drama of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court, a number of people have asked me if appointments to the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court are similarly contentious. The short … Continue reading

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Brexit, The House of Lords, And The Salisbury-Addison Convention

After a tumultuous twenty days of scrutiny, the House of Lords finally passed the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill last week. It now returns to the House of Commons, where MPs will have to decide whether to accept or reject the … Continue reading

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Government Ditches Plans To Curb Lords’ Powers

In a move that should surprise no one, the Government has decided that it will not try to abolish the House of Lords’ veto over statutory instruments. While the Parliament Act 1911 removed the Lords’ veto over Acts of Parliament, it did not make … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On The Strathclyde Review

Lord Strathclyde has published his review of the powers of the House of Lords in relation to secondary legislation. The TL;DR of it is that the peers’ absolute veto should be replaced with a suspensory veto. David Cameron commissioned the Strathclyde Review after the Lords rejected the … Continue reading

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Prince Charles’ Reading Material

There’s been another dust-up over the Prince of Wales’ role in government: the release of certain sections of the Cabinet Office Precedent Book has shown that he automatically receives papers from the Cabinet and ministerial committees. Unsurprisingly, this ‘revelation’ has provoked outrage from the usual … Continue reading

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What Will The Government Do To The House Of Lords?

Downing Street has announced that Lord Strathclyde, a former Leader of the House of Lords, will lead a review of the conventions surrounding the House of Lords with a view to “protect[ing] the ability of elected governments to secure their … Continue reading

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