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Video: Sir Leigh Lewis KCB - Prospects for a British Bill of Rights

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Sir Leigh Lewis spoke at the Constitution Unit seminar on 24th January 2013 on Prospects for a Bill of Rights.

"DEVO MORE" A MAJOR ALTERNATIVE TO SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE BY ALAN TRENCH

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On Friday, IPPR are publishing a major paper of Dr Alan Trench (Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Constitution Unit) setting out a model for enhanced financial devolution.  

Internship applications now open for April 2013

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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 at the Constitution Unit is an ideal way for recent graduates to gain experience of work in a think which is also an academic research centre, and to do research which is link to policy.

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How should parliament decide who will be the next Prime Minister: by a nomination vote, or the Queen’s Speech?

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:00:22 +0000

Robert Hazell weighs up options for establishing who can command the confidence of the House of Commons, which will be particularly significant in the likely event of another coalition. This is the fourth in a series of posts about government formation after the election. The Cabinet Manual explains the rules as follows: ‘… the Sovereign will invite the person […]

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Farewell to the Commons: Reflections on parliamentary change over 40 years

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:00:47 +0000

On 4 March Jack Straw and Sir George Young spoke at a Constitution Unit valedictory event where they considered how parliament has changed since the 1970s. Sam Sharp offers an overview of the discussion. Jack Straw and Sir George Young have 77 years of parliamentary experience between them – Straw was first elected in 1979, […]

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Codification of the UK Constitution is not essential

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:00:29 +0000

The Constitution Unit is pleased to announce the launch of a new report To Codify or Not to Codify: Lessons from Consolidating the United Kingdom’s Constitutional Statutes. James Melton, the report’s lead author, offers an overview of the report, which reflects on some lessons learned about the UK Constitution while consolidating the texts of 18 […]

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