21st October 2011, 9:32am
Law students gain an insight into inner workings of Parliament
Houses of Parliament. Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliamen Law students, academics and solicitors were given an insight into the inner workings of Parliament by a politician and barrister who served as an MP for more than 30 years.

The Right Honourable Viscount Hailsham PC, QC, Douglas Hogg, visited the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Lincoln to deliver a talk on his father, Lord Hailsham’s, famous 1976 Richard Dimbleby Lecture at the BBC on the 'Elective Dictatorship'.

The phrase was coined by the former Lord Chancellor to refer to the way in which the legislative programme of Parliament is dominated by the government of the day – a phenomenon also called 'executive dominance' by political scientists.

The talk by Viscount Hailsham took place in the University's Moot Court on Monday 17th October. Among those in attendance were Dean of Faculty, Professor David Head, and Professor Richard Stone of the Lincoln Law School.

John Kelly, Lecturer in the Lincoln Law School, who organised the event, said: "Douglas delivered a highly informative and entertaining talk on the inner workings of Parliament to a large audience of students, local solicitors and staff members.
"He provided an invaluable insight into the way the House of Commons operates and frankly discussed its strengths and weaknesses as well as options for reform. The talk was very well received by students, staff and local solicitors alike."

Douglas Hogg served from 1979 as a Lincolnshire MP and variously occupied positions as a government whip, a Minister in various departments (Home Office, Trade and Industry, Foreign Office and Agriculture) and latterly as a backbench MP. In addition, he has had a long career at the Bar.

His father, Quintin Hogg, entered Parliament as an MP in 1938, serving several Ministerial roles in the government of Harold Macmillan. He held the office of Lord Chancellor for more than a decade in the governments of Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher.  
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