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Brian Walker

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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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Blog

Is David Cameron actually seeking to destroy the Lords?

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:00:58 +0000

Yesterday’s new peerage appointments attracted almost universal criticism for further adding to the inexorable growth in size of the House of Lords under David Cameron. But could the gradual erosion of the Lords’ reputation actually benefit the government by weakening parliament? Might it even be a deliberate plan? And – given that the Prime Minister […]

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Elections, referendums, political parties and the Constitution Unit

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:00:06 +0000

In the third of our series of posts adapted from presentations at the Unit’s 20th anniversary conference, Alan Renwick documents on how the UK’s electoral framework has evolved since 1995 and illustrates how the Unit has shaped the implementation of changes. Looking forward, he identifies the franchise and the current gulf between citizens and politicians as key areas for […]

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The Constitutional Standards of the House of Lords’ Constitution Committee: A valuable tool for enhancing scrutiny

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:00:47 +0000

To mark the launch of the second edition of The Constitutional Standards of the House of Lords Constitution Committee, Jack Simson Caird considers the role that a set of constitutional standards could play in the current government. Drawing on the example of English votes for English laws, he argues that such a code would increase […]

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