Professor, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London

My research interests are primarily in British politics, especially political parties, voting and Parliament. I've just completed a project - Backbench dissent in the House of Commons of the behaviour of MPs in the 2001-5 Parliament, and have now begun research on the current Parliament. My research website gives up-to-date information on backbench behaviour in the UK, and ongoing projects.

I've got three future projects, one major, two more minor. The first is to write the next volume in the British General Election of xxxx series, with Dennis Kavanagh, taking over from David Butler, after his 50+ years involved in the project. As two sidelines, I'm also interested in issues to do with political engagement, and especially the disconnection between politicians and public (although, unlike many who write on this subject, I don't assume that this is always the fault of the politicians), as well as ideas for parliamentary reform imported from outside the UK.


  • 2002–present
    Professor of Parliamentary Government, University of Nottingham