The Early Modern Commons

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Tea on the Terrace

15 February 2019

Tea on the Terrace of the House of Commons was, by the beginning of the twentieth century, regarded as an integral part of the London ‘season’, the three month or so round...

Surgeries

10 January 2019

A regular, usually weekly, constituency surgery is these days an inescapable element of the routine of any Member of Parliament, and one which most regard as of central importance to...

Resignation

4 December 2018

Arthur Balfour said in the Commons in 1902 that ‘The acceptance of the Chiltern Hundreds is a dodge which was discovered in the middle of the 18th century, by which the immemorial...

Questions

25 October 2018

In either House there are two principal usages for the word question. Curiously, the two are procedurally direct opposites.  The sequence of Member moving a motion, and the Speaker...