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Annual Conference, 6-8 January 2017

Worcester College, OxfordThe Group held its annual conference at Worcester College, Oxford. Topics discussed included aspects of Brexit, restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster, innovation in select committees, Parliamentary participation and opposition in Parliament and assemblies.

Michael Ryle Memorial Lecture

The third annual Michael Ryle Memorial Lecture was given by Professor Lord Norton of Louth in the Speaker's State Apartments on 19 July 2016. The subject was: "Speaking for Parliament".

Annual Conference, 8-10 January 2016

Worcester College, OxfordThe Group held its annual conference at Worcester College, Oxford. Topics discussed included "English Votes for English Laws", financial scrutiny, gender and diversity, petitions and public engagement, and the Strathclyde Review on the powers of the House of Lords.

Michael Ryle Memorial Lecture

The second annual Michael Ryle Memorial Lecture was given by Sir David Butler in the Speaker's State Apartments on 16 July 2015. The subject was: "Elections transformed".

Annual Conference, 9-11 January 2015

Worcester College, OxfordThe Group held its annual conference at Worcester College, Oxford. Topics discussed included the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, the impact of the Scottish Independence Referendum, and codifying the constitution.

Michael Ryle memorial lecture, 30 June 2014

Michael RyleThe Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon. John Bercow MP, gave the Michael Ryle memorial lecture on 30 June in the Speaker's State Apartments. As well as members of the Study of Parliament Group, several of Michael's former colleagues were present, and some of his family and friends. A transcript of the speech is on the Parliamentary Website.

Michael Ryle, who died on 7 December 2013, at the age of 86, founded the Study of Parliament Group in 1964 with political scientist Bernard Crick. He was a House of Commons Clerk, serving from 1951 to 1989, when he had reached the post of Clerk of Committees, in charge of the House's system of select committees. Read more about Michael in his obituary in the Independent, by former MP Tam Dalyell.

Prisoner Voting and the Constitution: Seminar, 18 June 2014

On 18 June the Group held a joint seminar with the UK Constitutional Law Association. Read Craig Prescott's summary of what was said here.

New paper, March 2014

Alexander Horne, a Barrister of Lincoln's Inn and the Legal and Senior Policy Adviser at the House of Commons Scrutiny Unit, has written a new SPG paper (No. 3 in our series), entitled "Is there a case for greater legislative involvement in the judicial appointments process?". Read it here. All SPG papers.

Annual Conference, 3-5 January 2014

Worcester College, OxfordThe Group held its annual conference at Worcester College, Oxford. Topics discussed included the Banking Commission, Parliamentary standards and Parliamentary buildings.

Launch of Parliament and the Law

Dawn Oliver with Alexander Horne Sir Ross Cranston Copies of the book Dawn Oliver, Alexander Horne (both pictured left) and Gavin Drewry launched Parliament and the Law on 23 October at University College London. Sir Ross Cranston FBA (middle picture), who wrote the foreword to the book, gave a speech.

New Book: Parliament and the Law, September 2013

picture of book coverThe Study of Parliament Group has published a new book of essays on the subject of Parliament and the Law. Edited by Alexander Horne, Gavin Drewry and Dawn Oliver, the book provides a wide-ranging overview of the ways in which the law applies to Parliament, and considers how recent changes to our constitutional arrangements have impacted on Parliament as an institution. For more details, please see the publisher's website.

Seminar, 23 July 2013

Dr Louise Thompson, of the Centre for Legislative Studies, University of Hull, addressed a joint seminar of the SPG and the Centre for Legislative Studies on "Debunking the Myths: The Scrutiny of Legislation in Public Bill Committees". Dr Thompson has an article on this topic in Parliamentary Affairs, Vol 66 Issue 3 (July 2013).

Seminar, 1 July 2013

Graham Brady MP, Chairman of the 1922 Committee, addressed a Seminar on Party Organisation in Parliament.

Summer Dinner, 13 June 2013

King's College, LondonRichard Bacon MP addressed the group at its Summer Dinner, held this year at King's College, London.

Annual Conference, 4-6 January 2013

Worcester College, OxfordThe Group held its annual conference at Worcester College, Oxford, and discussed a number of topics including petitions, improving legislation and Parliamentary standards. See here and here for a couple of blogs about what took place.

Summer Dinner, 28 June 2012

King's College, LondonThe Rt Hon George Young Bt MP, Leader of the House of Commons, addressed the group before its Summer Dinner, held this year at King's College, London.

Annual Conference, 6-8 January 2012

Worcester College, OxfordThe Group held its annual conference at Worcester College, Oxford. Topics discussed included the relation of Parliament with the judiciary, public engagement and reform of the House of Lords.

Joint meeting with Constitutional Law Group, 12 October 2011

At a meeting at the House of Commons, Anthony Bradley, David Howarth and Nigel Pleming QC spoke about Parliamentary privilege. Read a summary.

New book: Parliamentary Socialisation

Front cover of Parliamentary SocialisationThis book, by Michael Rush and Philip Giddings, arises out of the work of the New Members Study Group, which has examined the way in which new MPs (from the 1992 intake onwards) learn and develop their role at the House of Commons and in their constituencies.

See Publisher's web page on the book.

Palgrave Macmillan, July 2011, £57.50, ISBN 978 0 230 28489 0

Group summer dinner, 6 June

Photo of SPG gathered in Speaker's State Apartments Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, President of the Supreme Court, addressed the Group about the work and development of the court, in a speech delivered in the Speaker's State Apartments (by kind permission of Mr Speaker).

Last updated: 8 January 2017.