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Robert Hazell gives evidence at the Public Administration Select Committee

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Robert Hazell gave evidence at the Public Administration Select Committee in Westminster Palace today. This was the second session of PASC’s inquiry into Parliament’s Ombudsman Service. Members heard from Robert Hazell and two other academics who gave evidence on their experience and expertise drawn from different institutions and disciplines (administrative law, political science and British government).

Press Release: Small Lords reforms needed urgently, before new appointments

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Today sees publication of the Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee (PCRC) report on "House of Lords reform: what next?". Tomorrow the Commons debates a private member's bill on small steps to Lords reform. The urgency of reform is demonstrated by today's story in The Times newspaper that David Cameron plans to appoint a further 30 peers, just weeks after the last batch of appointment was announced in August.

Robert Hazell gives evidence at the House of Lords Constitution Committee

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Robert Hazell gave evidence at the House of Lords Constitution Committee in parliament today. He gave evidence on Constitutional implications of Coalition Government. 

Internship applications now open for January 2014

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Interns group 2013


Deadline 13th November 2013

An internship at the Constitution Unit is an ideal way for recent graduates to gain experience of work in a think tank which is also an academic research centre, and to do research which is linked to policy. Past interns have included students in their holidays, postgraduates thinking about continuing their studies to Masters or PhD level, and civil and public servants who work for us part-time or on secondment.

Dr Meg Russell on BOOKtalk

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booktalk MR 12oct13

Meg Russell in discussion with Mark D'Arcy about her book 'The Contemporary House of Lords: Westminster Bicameralism Revived' on BOOKtalk on Saturday 12th October 2013

Prof Robert Hazell was interviewed on BBC Westminster Hour - Sunday 6th October 2013

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Scottish independence referendum

Professor Robert Hazell talks to John Beesley on the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum

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Graham Gee: The Lord Chief Justice and Section 5 of the Constitutional Reform Act

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:06:17 +0000

This is posted on behalf of Graham Gee and originally appeared on the UK Constitutional Law Association Blog. The Constitutional Reform Act redrew relationships between the senior judiciary and Parliament in a number of ways. Amongst the most significant was removing the right of the LCJ to speak in the Lords. Earlier this month, the […]

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Jenny Watson’s lecture on the modernisation of the electoral administration system

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:15:57 +0000

In the latest Constitution Unit seminar, Jenny Watson, the Chair of the Electoral Commission, provided the audience with a very eloquent account of the challenges and opportunities presented by the imminent and future work towards electoral modernisation. Drawing upon the effective steps that have already been taken by the Labour administration and most recently the […]

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Concerns about the Steel/Byles Lords reform bill: a summary

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:01:07 +0000

David Steel’s Lords reform bill (previously sponsored in the Commons by Dan Byles) had its second reading in the chamber on Friday. Last night the Constitution Unit and Constitution Society jointly hosted a meeting in the Lords to discuss concerns about the bill. Its main provisions – allowing peers to retire, and for the expulsion of serious criminals - have […]

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