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The Unit’s forthcoming seminars, conferences and lectures are listed below. We have several different seminar programmes, most of which are free of charge and open to the public. To attend our events it is essential to book and details of how to do so are available via the links below. You can also contact the Unit directly if you require more information.

Forthcoming events at the Constitution Unit


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

Options for an English Parliament

Ever since the devolved legislatures in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were established some have suggested that England should also have a parliament of its own. Widely seen as a fringe idea in the past, in recent years the proposal has started to gather greater political support. Yet there is no single blueprint for what an English Parliament would actually look like, with proponents suggesting a variety of different schemes. At this seminar some alternative visions will be explored. John Redwood will discuss his proposal for a 'dual mandate' English Parliament composed of MPs representing English constituencies, whilst Scilla Cullen from the Campaign for an English Parliament will argue in favour of a separately elected institution. John Denham has meanwhile argued that Labour should take England and English identity more seriously, suggesting that some form of an English Parliament is now an 'essential Labour movement demand'.

Starts: May 22, 2017 1:00:00 PM

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