About the talk:
Debate on the House of Lords has rarely been more divided. On the one hand Gordon Brown’s Commission on the UK’s Future called it ‘indefensible’ and recommended its wholesale reform. On the other many well-informed commentators have been fulsome in their praise for its work. One recently described it as ‘one of the only aspects of our constitutional arrangements that actually works.’ At a time when the reputation of the House of Commons has seldom been lower, is the House of Lords a bulwark against chaos or a blot on the political landscape?
About the speaker:
Mark Hutton worked in the House of Commons for more than 30 years, retiring in 2020 as Clerk of the Journals. He is the co-editor of the current (25th) edition of Erskine May’s Treatise on the Law, Privileges, Proceedings and Usage of Parliament.
The meeting will take place at the Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes from 20:00 hrs on Wednesday, 14 June. Tickets are £3 in advance from the venue, or on the door on the evening (subject to availability as numbers are strictly limited).