Gladstone and Ireland: A Financial Approach

Ahead of next Tuesday’s Virtual IHR Parliaments, Politics and People seminar, we hear from Dr Douglas Kanter of Florida Atlantic University. On 7 December 2021, between 5.15 p.m. and 6.30 p.m., Douglas will be responding to your questions about his pre-circulated paper on ‘Gladstone and Ireland: A Financial Approach’. Details of how to join the discussion are available here, or by contacting seminar@histparl.ac.uk. William Ewart … Continue reading Gladstone and Ireland: A Financial Approach

‘The Second Reform Act of 1867: party interest or the road to democracy?’: A debate between Rt. Hon. The Lord Adonis and Kwasi Kwarteng MP

  Last Tuesday the History of Parliament hosted our annual lecture in Westminster – also our new Director, Dr Stephen Roberts’ first event. The event focused on the Second Reform Act of 1867 in the wake of its 150th anniversary in 2017. This year we approached proceedings differently to the traditional lectures of previous years, in that our chair of trustees, Gordon Marsden MP invited … Continue reading ‘The Second Reform Act of 1867: party interest or the road to democracy?’: A debate between Rt. Hon. The Lord Adonis and Kwasi Kwarteng MP

The Prime Minister in the House of Lords: Gladstone and the Irish Church bill, 1869

For the past month the government’s Brexit bill has been back and forth both Houses of Parliament, re-awakening old debates on the roles of the Commons and Lords. Here our Director, Dr Paul Seaward, discusses a similar controversial bill 150 years ago… Theresa May’s remarkable appearance in the House of Lords on 20 February, at the beginning of the debate on the bill triggering the … Continue reading The Prime Minister in the House of Lords: Gladstone and the Irish Church bill, 1869

Unlikely Parliamentarians 4: a view from the Victorian Commons

This week is Parliament Week, a programme of events and activities that connects people across the UK with Parliament and democracy. To mark it, every day this week we are publishing a blog on ‘unlikely parliamentarians’  – the men and women across history who became parliamentarians only unexpectedly. In our fourth blog of the series, Dr Philip Salmon, editor of the Victorian Commons, discusses some … Continue reading Unlikely Parliamentarians 4: a view from the Victorian Commons

History of Parliament’s Education Competitions: 2015-16

As many of you will know, every year the History of Parliament Trust organises competitions for schoolchildren on aspects of parliamentary history. We recently invited our 2015 A Level competition winner, Josh Travers of St Ambrose College, Altrincham, to Westminster to receive his prize. John was with an essay on ‘Bill and Ben the battling statesmen: Gladstone vs. Disraeli’. The competition judges felt that this … Continue reading History of Parliament’s Education Competitions: 2015-16