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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.

Getting in touch

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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Scotland’s constitutional future – from both sides in the debate

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:00:03 +0000

Charlie Jeffery discusses how both sides in the debate see Scotland’s constitutional future in different ways. It is striking how insular Scotland’s constitutional debate is. Both sides in the debate see Scotland’s constitutional future in different ways as bound up firmly in relationships with the rest of the UK. The Yes side envisages a form […]

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The ‘Revolving Door’ of Special Advisers?

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:24:25 +0000

A recent article in the Telegraph was critical of a ‘revolving door’ of special advisers (spads) from the last Labour government into charities or think tanks. As outlined in the forthcoming book on spads by Ben Yong and Robert Hazell, this blog post wishes to point out that the Telegraph article tells only an incomplete story;[1] […]

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Will the Scottish referendum produce ‘a decisive and respected outcome’?

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:00:34 +0000

With exactly one month to go until the referendum in Scotland, Barry K Winetrobe challenges the assumption that the outcome will resolve the independence debate. He explores scenarios where even a Yes vote might not (or perhaps even should not) produce an independent state. As the Scottish independence referendum campaign reaches its final days, it […]

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