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The Future of the BBC

Date: 19 October 2015, 6pm
Speaker: Lord Fowler
Location: Council Room, 29-30 Tavistock Sq


50 fewer MPs: challenges for the next constituencies review?

Date: 27 October 2015, 6pm
Speaker: Prof Ron Jonston & Tony Bellringer
Location: Wilson Room, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament


Britain’s New Political Class: All Change in the House?

Date: 30 November 2015, 6pm
Speaker: Dr Jennifer Hudson
Location: Council Room, 29-30 Tavistock Sq


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As devolution has progressed the centre has failed to imagine a new rationale for the union

Tuesday, 06 October 2015

In 1999 The Constitution Unit produced a book which set out to forecast what the UK’s constitution would look like in ten years’ time. Sixteen years on, Charlie Jeffery tests the predictions and uses them to assess the direction of devolution in the UK today. This is the fourth of a series of posts adapted from presentations […]

Breaking the link with Strasbourg: Assessing the constitutional implications of a British Bill of Rights

Thursday, 01 October 2015

The Conservative government is considering a British Bill of Rights that would break the formal link between British courts and the European Court of Rights. Roger Masterman argues that this could have unintended and unpredictable consequences, perhaps creating a situation as constitutionally undesirable as the problem the Conservatives are hoping to solve. The debate surrounding […]

Northern Ireland: What Einstein would have said

Monday, 28 September 2015

The latest crisis in Northern Ireland looks like yet another déjà vu. It’s not that the situation never changes but the remedy offered by London remains stubbornly the same, writes Robin Wilson. Events in recent weeks in Northern Ireland, including a feud in the IRA in Belfast and tottering power-sharing institutions at Stormont, have highlighted […]

Northern Ireland 1.01: A revision class for those with a sense of déjà vu

Friday, 25 September 2015

Northern Ireland’s devolution settlement seems fragile again. In this post, Alan Whysall explains the constitutional framework and political background to the latest crisis. It provides factual background for our next two blogs on Northern Ireland, to be posted in the next two weeks. Northern Ireland politics are largely split between Unionists-a majority, though smaller than […]

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