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Our staff frequently appear in the media to provide expert analysis on all aspects of constitutional reform. We aim to inform debates with technical detail and provide comment based on our extensive research. You can see our areas of expertise from the list below however our staff have varied backgrounds and this is not exhaustive. The majority of our staff have media experience having written articles for national newspapers and interviewed for television and radio programmes.

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Brian Walker is our Press Officer and can be contacted on 07802 176347 or williambrianwalker@gmail.com.

A BBC lifer, in earlier years in his native Northern Ireland, he was a news correspondent, political editor and current affairs editor for BBC Northern Ireland as well as working later in the Westminster lobby as London  editor of the Belfast Telegraph. In London he served successively as BBC commissioning editor for Radio current affairs programmes and editor of political and parliamentary programmes at Westminster. For the Unit, he has also contributed to projects on coalition governance, special advisers and judicial independence.

Influence of the Constitution Unit

Our research has had an impact in a number of different areas: most recently one of our reports gave rise to the new Cabinet Manual, and another to establish a Backbench Committee for parliamentary business. We have been influential in devolution, human rights and the courts. Read more about our policy impact »

The Unit has conducted research in all areas of constitutional reform and our main areas of expertise are listed below.

  • Coalition government
  • House of Lords
  • Impact of parliament
  • Select Committees
  • Courts and the judiciary
  • Freedom of information
  • Scottish Independence
  • Devolution
  • Elections and referendums
  • Monarchy
  • Church & State

More information on the individual research interests of staff on their personal pages. Or you can browse our current research projects, the research archive and the blog from the links below:

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Blog

The Government’s Freedom of Information commission tilts the political discussion towards damage and cost

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:00:26 +0000

On Friday of last week, the Government announced a new commission on Freedom of Information. Here, Ben Worthy offers his response to the announcement, arguing that the objections to the scope and usage of FOI that have been raised are nothing new, and furthermore aren’t unique to the UK. Further, he argues that the commission’s remit tilts […]

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Changing the Commons: How many MPs? How equal their electorates? Part 2

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:00:39 +0000

Yesterday, in part one of this blog, Ron Johnston, David Rossiter and Charles Pattie outlined the challenges that are likely to make the 2016 boundary review as (if not more) disruptive than the aborted 2012 review. Here the authors consider how issues around the accuracy and completeness of the electoral rolls will impact the review […]

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Changing the Commons: How many MPs? How equal their electorates? Part 1

Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:00:53 +0000

How much disruption do we want to the UK’s electoral map? We want constituencies to be equal in size – but how equal? And do we want fewer MPs? An article in The Independent on 11 July 2015 suggested that some Conservative MPs are already concerned about the impact on their constituencies if the number […]

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