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The Perils of Lords Reform: interview with Mark Harper and Meg Russell

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Mark Harper MP

Mark Harper, Minister for Constitutional Reform


Internships at the Constitution Unit: now recruiting for April 2012

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This is an opportunity for you as an intern to spend time working in an influential research body, and for us to benefit from the skills you can bring. An internship here is an ideal way for recent graduates to gain experience of work in a policy research environment to inform and support their career choices.

Interns include students in the vacation, postgraduates thinking about doing a PhD, and civil and public servants who work for us part-time or on secondment. Our recruitment is guided by the needs of our researchers and by the interests and experience of our applicants. Applicants will normally have a degree or equivalent in Social Studies or Political Science, in Law or in some related subject and should be able to demonstrate that they have the research and office skills needed for work in a research environment.

As an intern you will be attached to one of our researchers, who will take responsibility for the majority of your workload. Interns with particular skills may occasionally be asked to work for other researchers when this is felt appropriate. The work is varied and will be assigned to reflect your skills and areas of interest. We also offer some training where this is appropriate.

Internships generally last three months, full or part time, and we are flexible in working hours. The positions are voluntary, but the Unit will pay travel costs. We very much value the work done by our interns and you will be treated as part of the team.
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Answer to West Lothian Question is Still Unclear

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Conservatives would like only English MPs to vote on English laws but it’s not that simple

Alan Trench writing in the Scotsman

Robert Hazell on Newsnight

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Robert Hazell on Newsnight

Robert Hazell explains the legal position of holding a referendum on Scottish independence.

Press Release: David Cameron has transformed SNP's long game of Scottish Independence into penalty shoot out

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Robert Hazell on BBC News

Robert Hazell on BBC News


The Prime Minister has hugely raised the stakes over Scottish independence by planning to give the Scottish Parliament legal powers to hold a binding referendum, provided it takes place within a tight time frame. The director of the Constitution Unit Prof Robert Hazell says ‘The long game being played by the SNP has suddenly been transformed into a penalty shootout’.

"Dramatic" move on Scottish independence

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Following the announcement that the Cabinet will sit to discuss the procedure necessary for a referendum on Scottish independence, Robert Hazell has today commented that the UK government may be “over-reaching” itself. Listen to his interviews on the programmes below:

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The saga of Nepal’s embattled constitutional politics continues

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:00:07 +0000

As the deadline for drafting Nepal’s constitution looms, it seems unlikely the Constituent Assembly will be able to deliver on time. The question of federal restructuring has been a particular roadblock, but the opaque nature of negotiations and the exclusion of minority interests have also inhibited compromise, writes Mara Malagodi. Almost a year has passed […]

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Party conferences and the constitution

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:00:50 +0000

­­­Artemis Photiadou offers an overview of what the three main parties had to say on current constitutional debates at their party conferences last month. Few party conferences have been held against a more intense constitutional backdrop than this year’s, with the Scottish independence referendum result announced on 19 September, Labour’s conference commencing only two days later, […]

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Regulating the permanent campaign

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:00:00 +0000

Barry K Winetrobe suggests that some modern electioneering practices, especially when well before the formal election campaign begins, could confuse and mislead voters and should be regulated. A few weeks ago, my local paper ran a classified ad for a meeting with ‘your local parliamentary candidate’. The ad had the promoter/printer imprint on it. I […]

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