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The Independent Commission on Referendums: who, what, why and how, Cardiff Seminar

In October the Constitution Unit launched an Independent Commission on Referendums, to review the role of referendums in British democracy and consider how their rules and practice could be improved. The Commission is meeting monthly, and intends to report in the summer of 2018. At this seminar the chair and members of the Commission will discuss their task, how they are setting about it, and the input they need from other experts and the public to ensure the Commission draws on the widest possible evidence base. They will make particular reference to recent Welsh experience of referendums.

Starts: Feb 23, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Intimidation of candidates and others in public life

In December the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) published its report on intimidation of parliamentary candidates and others in public life. Lord Bew, the chairman, and Jane Ramsey of CSPL will talk about the Committee’s recommendations, which are directed to government, social media companies, political parties, the police, broadcast and print media, as well as to MPs and candidates themselves. Sofia Collignon Delmar (Royal Holloway, University of London) from the Parliamentary Candidates UK team will talk about the impact on candidates, and potential candidates. The seminar will be chaired by Jennifer Hudson of the Constitution Unit, and leader of PCUK.

Starts: Mar 21, 2018 6:00:00 PM

Political polling and digital media

The House of Lords has created an ad hoc Committee to inquire into the influence of political polling and digital media on politics and democracy in the UK. They have received evidence about the impact of social media, the coverage of polling by the mainstream media, the possible regulation of pollsters. The Committee is due to report in March. Lord Lipsey, chair of the committee, will talk about the committee’s findings and recommendations, with responses from Prof Will Jennings (Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Southampton) and Martin Boon (ex-pollster at ICM Unlimited).

Starts: Apr 17, 2018 1:00:00 PM

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Parliament and the withdrawal agreement: What does a ‘meaningful vote’ actually mean?

Thursday, 15 February 2018

The government has repeatedly assured MPs that they will get the opportunity to have a meaningful vote on any agreement reached with the EU related to the UK’s withdrawal as part of the Article 50 process. This post by Jack Simson-Caird examines the role of the House of Commons and the House of Lords when it […]

A ‘dual mandate’ English Parliament: some key questions of institutional design

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Almost 20 years after the creation of the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, England is the only country of the United Kingdom without its own devolved executive and legislative body. Meg Russell and Jack Sheldon offer their view on whether or not a dual mandate English Parliament is desirable or if it has the […]

Brexit and the sovereignty of parliament: a backbencher’s view

Thursday, 08 February 2018

Brexit is a constitutional, legal, and political challenge of a size the UK has not seen in decades and will have consequences that are both uncertain and long-lasting. In this post, Dominic Grieve offers his distinctive perspective on Brexit, discussing the concept of parliamentary sovereignty, the role of international courts in UK law, and the more troubling […]

The Crown: What does Netflix’s dramatisation and the celebritisation of an evolving monarchy mean for the royal family in 2018?

Tuesday, 06 February 2018

With Prince Philip now retired from his public role and Prince Harry set to marry an American actor in the spring, the royal family has entered 2018 in the midst of a period of change. Yet change is nothing new; the monarchy is constantly evolving. Bob Morris asks where does it now stand and what further changes […]

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