Louise Thompson

Lecturer in British Politics
+44 (0)1483 306635
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I joined the Department of Politics in September 2013 after completing my PhD in the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull with an ESRC Scholarship. I have previously worked for a Member of Parliament, for the Smith Institute and for the Labour Party. I am currently Managing Editor of the Political Studies Association's blog.

Research interests

My research focuses on the UK Parliament, particularly the legislative process, committees, political parties and public engagement within Parliament. My wider research interests are in legislative studies, British politics and constitutional reform. I have published widely on the impact of parliament on government legislation and continue to research in this area. Projects which I am currently working on include:

• Parliament's public reading stage pilot• The SNP in the 2015 and 2017 Parliaments• Small parties in the House of Commons

I am also interested in pedagogical research and I have published work on the use of parliamentary sources in teaching. I am co-author of a series of guides for lecturers and students published by the Higher Education Academy, including a guide to referencing parliamentary material and a portfolio of teaching case studies. I am the editor of the textbook Exploring Parliament (with Professor Cristina Leston Bandeira, University of Leeds).

I am the Co-Convenor of the PSA's Parliaments and Legislatures Specialist Group, a member of the Study of Parliament Group and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Legislative Studies.


In 2016-17 I will be teaching the following modules:

  • Debates in British Politics (Level 4)
  • Public Policy: Theory and Practice (Level 5)
  • Electoral Systems and Voting Behaviour (Level 5)
  • Perspectives on the UK Parliament (Level 6)
  • Dissertation Module (Level 6)

I have previously taught modules in British Government, Electoral and Voting Systems, European Politics, Social Policy and Political Thinkers.


Co-Convenor, PSA Parliaments and Legislatures Specialist Group

Member, Study of Parliament Group

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Legislative Studies

Other Published Work


I regularly write short blogs for the The Conversation, Democatic Audit, the LSE British Politics & Policy and the Political Studies Association Blog. A few selected pieces are listed below.

Written Evidence

House of Commons Procedure Committee inquiry into the new English Votes for English Laws (EVEL) procedures (EVL 01)

House of Commons Procedure Committee Inquiry into Committee of Selection and Membership of General Committees, P 19, July 2013.

Invited Lectures/Seminars

'The challenges of utilising UK parliamentary texts in research', Negotiated Texts Network Seminar, Pembroke College, University of Oxford, 29 June 2017. (summary here)

• 'Committee Scrutiny', Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, 65th Westminster Seminar, December 2016.

'The Legislative Process: Amending Legislation', Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Annual Conference (1 December 2015)

Debating the Constitution after the General Election, UK Constitutional Law Association (24 June 2015)

The Scrutiny of Government Bills, Seminar for the Study of Parliament Group, House of Commons, 23 July 2013.

Administrative Roles

Undergraduate Programme Director (2015 - present)

Deputy Chair, University Ethics Committee

Member, Faculty Ethics Committee

My publications

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