The Constitution Unit


The Johnson government's constitutional reform agenda: prospects and challenges

04 February 2020, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

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Conservative experts Lord Dunlop and Chris White speak at our first seminar of 2020.

This event is free.

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Rachel Cronkshaw – Political Science


Council Room
117: Rubin Building
29-30 Tavistock Square
United Kingdom

The Conservatives’ 2019 manifesto commits the new government ‘to look at the broader aspects of our constitution: the relationship between the government, parliament and the courts; the functioning of the Royal Prerogative; the role of the House of Lords; and access to justice for ordinary people’. There were also specific commitments: to update the Human Rights Act; to ensure that judicial review is not abused; and to set up a Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission.

In this seminar two Conservative experts, Lord (Andrew) Dunlop (member of the House of Lords Constitution Committee and former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland and Northern Ireland) and Chris White (former Special Adviser to Conservative Cabinet Ministers William Hague, Andrew Lansley and Patrick McLoughlin) will discuss how the new government might implement this agenda, the obstacles it might face, and how they could be overcome.


Lord Dunlop, Member of the House of Lords Constitution Committee

Chris White, former Special Adviser to Conservative Cabinet Ministers


Prof Meg Russell, Director of the Constitution Unit

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