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About the Study of Parliament Group

On this page:   Introduction   Membership   The Executive Committee   History

See also: Details of some of the academic members.

Introduction

The Group, which was founded in 1964, studies Parliaments and Parliamentary Assemblies and publishes its findings in books, articles, its own series of papers, and in evidence to select committees. Some of this work is undertaken in small study groups. In addition, the Group holds occasional meetings at Westminster and elsewhere with visiting speakers and invited guests. The Group is Registered Charity No. 251208.

The formal statement of what the Group is to do is as follows:

Membership

Membership falls into four categories:
  1. past and present staff (including graduates holding post-doctoral research positions) of universities and other academic or research institutions;
  2. postgraduate research students currently registered at a university within the United Kingdom;
  3. past and present officials of two Houses of Parliament, the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, the Northern Ireland Assembly, Tynwald, the Oireachtas and the Channel Islands parliaments; and
  4. other persons having a serious and proven interest in the objects of the Group, not being members of any of the above legislatures when first elected to membership.

Candidates' details are circulated to existing Group members for their views by email (usually in batches, roughly once a month), and then the Executive Committee considers the applications (again, usually by email rather than waiting for a meeting). Initial inquiries, preferably accompanied by details of work done in the areas of the Group's interests (see above) should be addressed to:

The current annual subscription is £25 (apart from category ii, where it is £10): this will be asked for if and when the application has been successful.

Some of our academic members have given details of their interests here.

The Executive Committee

President: Sir Paul Silk KCB (Formerly Chair, Commission on Devolution in Wales)
Chair: Colin Lee, Chamber and Committees team, House of Commons
Deputy Chair: Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Professor of Politics, University of Leeds
Secretaries: (official) Michael Everett, House of Commons
        (academic) Professor Sarah Childs, Professor of Politics and Gender, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol
Treasurer: Feargal McGuinness, Department of Information Services, House of Commons
Newsletter editor: Dr Phil Larkin, Lecturer in Public Policy, University of Canberra
Other members:
    Huw Yardley, Chamber and Committees team, House of Commons
    Anne-Marie Griffiths, Chamber and Committees team, House of Commons
    Emily Baldock, Parliament Office, House of Lords
    Christine Salmon Percival, Parliament Office, House of Lords
    Lucinda Maer, Head of the Parliament and Constitution Centre, House of Commons Library
    James Johnston, Scottish Parliament
    Simon Patrick OBE (webmaster), Chamber and Committees team, House of Commons (retired)
    Jack Simson Caird, House of Commons Library
    Hannah White, Institute for Government
    Joel Blackwell, Senior Researcher, Hansard Society
    Professor Lord Norton of Louth, Professor of Government and Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies, University of Hull

History

In 1985 the Group published a short History entitled The Study of Parliament Group: The First Twenty-one Years, by Dermot Englefield. You can read it here (except for the Appendices).

Preface and Foreword
Chapter 1: Beginnings
Chapter 2: Early years
Chapter 3: The second decade
Chapter 4: Conclusion
Last updated: 9 January 2017