‘The thing is to get on with the War’: Duncan Frederick Campbell (1876-1916)

Our blog today returns to our series, all written by Dr Kathryn Rix of the Victorian Commons, of short biographies of the MPs who sadly lost their lives fighting in the First World War. It’s the first of several in this series during September as the Somme offensive continued to claim the lives of thousands of British soldiers… On 4 September 1916 Lieutenant-Colonel Duncan Frederick … Continue reading ‘The thing is to get on with the War’: Duncan Frederick Campbell (1876-1916)

Cabinet resignations: an issue of principle

Following Iain Duncan-Smith’s high profile resignation from the cabinet this weekend, we take a look back at some other examples of resignations from the cabinet due to policy differences… Resigning your post in government has long been the unhappy minister’s weapon of last resort. As Iain Duncan-Smith has been discovering this weekend, it can be an extremely powerful tool to highlight your opposition to government … Continue reading Cabinet resignations: an issue of principle

History of Parliament’s Dissertation Competition, 2014 and 2015

Every year the History of Parliament Trust holds a competition for the best undergraduate dissertation on British or Irish politics. 2014’s winner was Stuart Clark of Edinburgh University, with ‘“An Old Tory Dodge”, or “a Large and Liberal Project of Practical Benevolence”? The Congested Districts Board, Politics and the Press in Ireland, 1890-1914’. Our editors and editorial board judged the work to be interesting, well-written … Continue reading History of Parliament’s Dissertation Competition, 2014 and 2015

Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Naomi Lloyd-Jones on ‘Deconstructing Westminster: towards a four nations history of the Irish Home Rule crisis, c.1886-93’

Naomi Lloyd-Jones of King’s College, London writes a guest post about her recent paper given to the ‘Parliaments, politics and people’ seminar. I spoke at the opening seminar of the summer term on ‘Deconstructing Westminster: towards a four nations history of the Irish Home Rule crisis, c.1886-93’. My paper offered an overview of my PhD research at King’s College London, on the crisis as it … Continue reading Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Naomi Lloyd-Jones on ‘Deconstructing Westminster: towards a four nations history of the Irish Home Rule crisis, c.1886-93’