While Westminster continues to sit, I am in South Wales - just a few miles from the homes of my ancestors. The Political Studies Association is holding its annual conference in Swansea. Details of the Conference can be found at http://www.psa.ac.uk/2008/default.htm. There are over 150 panels, comprising over 500 individual papers spread across seven multiple panels sessions. A busy - but interesting - time!
After completing its passage in the House of Commons the EU (Amendment) Bill arrived in the House of Lords on 12th March. Today it has its Second Reading in the House of Lords. A number of well known Eurosceptics have seats in the upper chamber. There are two UKIP Peers Lord Pearson of Rannoch and Lord Willoughby de Broke. From the other end of the political spectrum - but also a strong opponent of Europe is Lord Stoddart of Swindon. The Tory benches also include many Eurosceptics.
I am a tutor for the Open University and have practical experience of working in the UK and European Parliaments.
Until May 2010 I worked at Westminster as Political Secretary to Lord Bach and to Lord Hunt of King's Heath. Previously I had worked as Research and Policy Director in the Office of Sir Peter Soulsby MP. In 2001 and 2005 I stood for Parliament in the South Leicestershire Constituency of Blaby. In 2009 I was a candidate for the European Parliament in the East Midlands Region.
I have a keen academic and practical interest in the workings of both the UK Parliament and the US Congress. I have made a number of study visits to Washington DC - and monitor proceedings, procedure and practice in the four chambers [House of Commons, House of Lords, House of Representative and the Senate]
Over the years I have broadcast on both UK & US Politics for BBC local radio including Radio Northampton; BBC Three Counties and BBC Radio Oxford.