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Press release: Special Advisers need better support and supervision, says new study from Constitution Unit

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The weekend resignation of Fiona Cunningham, Theresa May’s trusted Special Adviser, provides yet another reminder of how important Special Advisers are in Whitehall; but also of the inadequate arrangements for their support and supervision.  The need for better support is one of the main conclusions of a recent study by the Constitution Unit, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

Press release: UKIP has no entitlement to peers: but row demonstrates how Lords appointments badly need reform

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Today's news reports (eg. here and here) include a claim by UKIP for more seats in the House of Lords. Figures were quoted from a Constitution Unit report to support the claim that UKIP is entitled to 23 new peers. It is important to note that our report did not endorse such appointments, and in fact emphasised that such a change was undesirable.

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Scotland has voted decisively to stay – now devolution must be delivered

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:00:49 +0000

Today’s result came as a relief to many but it is not an excuse for complacency. Jim Gallagher writes that both Westminster and Holyrood must consider the lessons learned from the campaign and start delivering politics for Scotland, not just about Scotland. Well it’s over. 2 years of campaigning. 5 years of shadowboxing before that. Acres of […]

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Will the polls get the Scottish referendum right?

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:00:01 +0000

As the Scots goes to the polls Anthony Wells considers to what extent we can expect the outcome to match the predictions. The Scottish polls at the end of last week and the weekend were broadly clustered around a small No lead. Perhaps a more likely route to a YES victory is if the polls […]

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What follows the referendum: negotiating Scottish independence, or delivering Devo More

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:00:37 +0000

Earlier this year Alan Trench gave a lecture at the University of Ulster’s Belfast campus about what might follow the vote in the Scottish referendum. In this article, he picks out the key points. The full speech is available on the Social Science Research Network here, or can be downloaded directly here.  Perhaps the most important and novel part of […]

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