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How Does One Become Prime Minister?

In an unexpected development, Andrea Leadsom has quit the race for Conservative leader, leaving Theresa May as the only candidate to succeed David Cameron. However, certain formalities must take place before May can take the reins of government. In this post, I’ll … Continue reading

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David Cameron Creates 45 New Peers

The Dissolution Honours List for the last Parliament has finally been announced, and it includes 45 new peerages, which will bring the total number of peers in the House of Lords to 826. With 26 new peers, the Conservatives will be the main … Continue reading

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Will Peer Pressure Be a Problem For Cameron?

Spare a thought for Baroness Stowell of Beeston, for she may have one of the most unenviable jobs in Government. As Leader of the House of Lords, she is responsible for piloting the Government’s legislation through the House, and there … Continue reading

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Why Is It So Hard to Answer the West Lothian Question?

After it was clear that Scotland would stay in the Union, David Cameron made a bold statement: It is absolutely right that a new and fair settlement for Scotland should be accompanied by a new and fair settlement that applies to all parts … Continue reading

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Cameron Crams More Peers into the House of Lords

Last week, David Cameron announced 22 new appointments to the House of Lords. This means that the upper house will now have an astonishing 796 members (and that figure doesn’t include the 54 peers who have taken a leave of absence or are … Continue reading

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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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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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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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