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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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How should parliament decide who will be the next Prime Minister: by a nomination vote, or the Queen’s Speech?

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:00:22 +0000

Robert Hazell weighs up options for establishing who can command the confidence of the House of Commons, which will be particularly significant in the likely event of another coalition. This is the fourth in a series of posts about government formation after the election. The Cabinet Manual explains the rules as follows: ‘… the Sovereign will invite the person […]

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Farewell to the Commons: Reflections on parliamentary change over 40 years

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:00:47 +0000

On 4 March Jack Straw and Sir George Young spoke at a Constitution Unit valedictory event where they considered how parliament has changed since the 1970s. Sam Sharp offers an overview of the discussion. Jack Straw and Sir George Young have 77 years of parliamentary experience between them – Straw was first elected in 1979, […]

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Codification of the UK Constitution is not essential

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:00:29 +0000

The Constitution Unit is pleased to announce the launch of a new report To Codify or Not to Codify: Lessons from Consolidating the United Kingdom’s Constitutional Statutes. James Melton, the report’s lead author, offers an overview of the report, which reflects on some lessons learned about the UK Constitution while consolidating the texts of 18 […]

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