‘Very grievous and unconstitutional’? The repeal of the (American) Stamp Act (1766)

250 years ago this month Parliament was debating the fate of the Stamp Act – the law which proved dangerously unpopular in Britain’s American colonies. In the first of two blogs on the issue, Dr Robin Eagles, Senior Research Fellow in the House of Lords 1660-1832 section, discusses the Act’s history and the debates over its repeal… January 1766 ought in many ways to have … Continue reading ‘Very grievous and unconstitutional’? The repeal of the (American) Stamp Act (1766)

Parliament and the Gulf War in 1991

In today’s guest blog, Teemu Hakkinen (University of Jyvaskyla, Finland), who has researched the royal prerogative in decisions to go to war in the UK, looks back on the debates about the First Gulf War twenty-five years ago this month… Naturally, the 2003 Iraq War has received an enormous amount of attention because of its impact on so many areas, from life in, and the … Continue reading Parliament and the Gulf War in 1991

Restored, Renewed, Relocated: Parliament and its buildings

Before Christmas Rebekah Moore, holder of an AHRC collaborative doctoral award with the History of Parliament and Institute of Historical Research, organised a seminar in Westminster to discuss Parliament’s accomodation. Here she reports back… In December, Mark Egan (the HPT’s former Secretary) and I organised a seminar at Westminster Hall. The aims of the seminar were to think about how parliament was housed in temporary … Continue reading Restored, Renewed, Relocated: Parliament and its buildings

‘The Story of Parliament’: The office of Prime Minister in the 18th Century

Earlier this year the History published ‘The Story of Parliament: Celebrating 750 years of parliament in Britain’ to mark the anniversary of Simon de Montfort’s parliament in 1265. The book is a brief introduction to the full 750 years of parliamentary history, aimed at the general reader, and available to purchase from the Houses of Parliament bookshop. On this blog we are publishing some tasters … Continue reading ‘The Story of Parliament’: The office of Prime Minister in the 18th Century