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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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Is David Cameron actually seeking to destroy the Lords?

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:00:58 +0000

Yesterday’s new peerage appointments attracted almost universal criticism for further adding to the inexorable growth in size of the House of Lords under David Cameron. But could the gradual erosion of the Lords’ reputation actually benefit the government by weakening parliament? Might it even be a deliberate plan? And – given that the Prime Minister […]

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Elections, referendums, political parties and the Constitution Unit

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:00:06 +0000

In the third of our series of posts adapted from presentations at the Unit’s 20th anniversary conference, Alan Renwick documents on how the UK’s electoral framework has evolved since 1995 and illustrates how the Unit has shaped the implementation of changes. Looking forward, he identifies the franchise and the current gulf between citizens and politicians as key areas for […]

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The Constitutional Standards of the House of Lords’ Constitution Committee: A valuable tool for enhancing scrutiny

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:00:47 +0000

To mark the launch of the second edition of The Constitutional Standards of the House of Lords Constitution Committee, Jack Simson Caird considers the role that a set of constitutional standards could play in the current government. Drawing on the example of English votes for English laws, he argues that such a code would increase […]

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