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LGBT Candidates in UK Elections: How Much Has Changed?

Recent research shows that the UK parliament has more openly LGBT members than any other legislature in the world.  This seminar will bring together the author of that research – Professor Andrew Reynolds of the University of North Carolina – and two of the UK’s most prominent LGBT politicians.  It will explore how the barriers faced by LGBT candidates and politicians have changed in the UK over recent years, why the UK appears to stand out so far among liberal democracies in the presence of openly LGBT politicians, and whether any problems remain.

Starts: Mar 6, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Brexit at Westminster: can Parliament play a meaningful role?

Brexit presents Parliament with daunting challenges, politically and procedurally. Every Select Committee has an interest, and over 40 committee inquiries have been launched.  A new Brexit Committee of twice the normal size was established in October.  Its Chair, Hilary Benn, will talk about the challenges it faces; Baroness Kishwer Falkner will explain the work of the Lords EU Committee and its sub-Committees; and Commons legal adviser Arnold Ridout will talk about the Brexit work of the other Select Committees in the Commons.

Starts: Mar 13, 2017 12:30:00 PM

Devolution in England

Devolution in England was given a boost by George Osborne’s support for the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and other devolution deals, whereby Councils were encouraged to come together to form combined authorities with directly elected mayors.  Mayoral elections will take place in May for the new combined authorities in Greater Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, West Midlands and Tees Valley.  But elsewhere, such as Norfolk and Suffolk, and Greater Lincolnshire, devolution deals have collapsed.  Tony Travers will talk about the prospects for further devolution in England, in an age of greater austerity and growing uncertainty post-Brexit.  

Starts: Apr 10, 2017 1:00:00 PM

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Brexit, federalism and Scottish independence

Thursday, 23 February 2017

As the UK withdraws from the EU, is this the opportune moment for a restructuring of the Union along (con)federal lines? On 13 February, the Constitution Unit hosted a panel discussion on ‘Brexit, Federalism, and Scottish Independence’, to explore this question further. The panel, chaired by Kenny Farquharson, consisted of Professor Jim Gallagher, Kezia Dugdale […]

What will the Lords do with the Article 50 bill?

Monday, 20 February 2017

The bill authorising the Prime Minister to trigger Article 50, enabling the UK to leave the EU, has cleared the Commons. It begins its consideration in the Lords today. In this post Lords expert Meg Russell discusses how the second chamber is likely to treat the bill. She suggests that this illustrates important dynamics between […]

The government’s Brexit white paper: a missed opportunity

Monday, 20 February 2017

On 2 February the government published its white paper on Brexit, which was intended to provide further detail regarding the overall aims the government would be pursuing once Article 50 has been triggered. Nick Wright assesses this document, concluding that whilst it does expand on some of Theresa May’s key pledges set out in the Lancaster House […]

Why pass FOI laws? The politics of freedom of information

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Why are there now more than 100 freedom of information laws around the world, even though they help opponents and hinder governments? In a new book, published this month by Manchester University Press, Ben Worthy investigates. He concludes that the main reason is that as a symbolic pledge in opposition FOI laws are hard to […]

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