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Unit in the News - the General Election Coverage (May 2015)

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In the run up to the General election and after, members of the Unit have been cited in the following articles and media apperances on a number of issues surrounding the election.

Professor Robert Hazell comments on the publication of letters to government ministers from the Prince of Wales

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Commenting on the publication of letters to government ministers from the Prince of Wales, the Director of UCL’s Constitution Unit Professor Robert Hazell said:

Press Release: Cameron faces major challenges in the Lords, warns expert

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As the fallout from the general election is dissected, some commentators have noted the challenges facing Cameron's new government in managing the House of Commons - given his small majority. But UCL expert Professor Meg Russell warns today that his challenges in managing the House of Lords could be even greater.

Once the election results are in, how do we decide who forms the government?

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Press Release: Devolution and Future of the Union: the Challenge for the new Parliament

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A new report by the Constitution Unit

On the eve of the election the Constitution Unit publishes today a new report on Devolution and the Future of the Union. Its analysis will survive well into the new Parliament, whoever forms the next government. The report explores future challenges to the Union, with all parties committed to further devolution, a resurgent SNP, and the Conservative promise of English votes for English laws. These issues will all feature in the post-election negotiations between the parties, with growing tensions between England and Scotland, and a risk that hasty deals could end up undermining the Union.

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Can David Cameron call a second election? How does that fit with the Fixed Term Parliaments Act?

Fri, 22 May 2015 10:00:34 +0000

Robert Hazell outlines how the Fixed Term Parliaments Act restricts the new government from calling a second election. He writes that if Cameron wanted to take a gamble to boost his slender majority, he would have to work within the confines of the Act given the likely complexities of any attempt to repeal it. Now […]

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The Nineteenth Amendment is a constitutional milestone in Sri Lanka’s ongoing political development

Thu, 21 May 2015 10:00:51 +0000

At the end of April, the Sri Lankan President’s 100-day programme of governance reforms culminated with the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment to reduce the powers of the presidency. Asanga Welikala reviews the progress that has been made since January, and argues that despite difficulties and necessary compromises, the Amendment represents a change for the […]

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Scotland has voted for the union and for distinctiveness. Delivering both could present acute challenges

Tue, 19 May 2015 09:00:45 +0000

After a dramatic referendum and UK general election, the Scottish remain divided on both independence and on whether to increase tax and public spending, while the English are becoming increasingly vocal in the devolution debate. Jim Gallagher considers the possibilities of a constitutional relationship that will satisfy Scottish aspirations and also be acceptable to the UK as […]

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