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Bob Morris

Bob Morris

Bob Morris

Bob Morris is a former Home Office career civil servant. Over nearly 40 years, his work spanned the normal departmental duties of dealing with, for example, immigration, policing and public control and public protection functions. He was also involved in legislation and state litigation, acting as private secretary to Home Secretaries and as a secretary to public inquiries – in Northern Ireland and on the UK prison services. One of his later Home Office posts had responsibility for the Home Secretary’s then constitutional functions in relation to the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, and certain royal and ecclesiastical matters.

At the Unit, Bob has been involved with a variety of interests, particularly FOI. Latterly he has tended to lead on ecclesiastical and royal issues, for example on the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, at the same time contributing to the recent study on Commons Public Bill Committees led by Meg Russell.


(i) Books and Articles
  • Half-Opening Cans of Worms: The Present State of “High” Anglican Establishment’, Law and Justice, No 172 (September 2014), 10-26.
  • ‘The Future of the Monarchy: The Reign of King Charles III’ in Hazell R (ed.) (2008) Constitutional Futures Revisited: Britain’s Constitution to 2020 (Palgrave), 139-155.
  • Main author: Church and State in 21st Century Britain: The Future of Church Establishment (2009) (Palgrave)
  • ‘The Future of “High” Establishment’ (2011) Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 260-273.
  • ‘Succession to the Crown Bill’ (2013) Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 186-191.
  • With Norman Bonney:

    • ‘Tuvalu and You: The Monarch, the United Kingdom and the Realms’ (2012) Political Quarterly, 368-373.
    • ‘The Commonwealth in the Twenty-first Century’ (2012) Political Insight, 26-29.
(ii) Book reviews

Research Projects:


The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 has landed

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:00:35 +0000

On Friday 26 March 2015 the 2013 Succession to the Crown Act was finally brought into force. Bob Morris offers an overview of the Act and explains why it has taken so long to come into effect. At practically the last gasp of the now dissolved Parliament, the bringing into force of the Succession to […]


Reigns in Spain and the ‘A’ word (again) in the UK

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:00:03 +0000

Robert Morris explains why the abdication of the Spanish King is unlikely to lead to a similar move by Queen Elizabeth II. The recent announcement of the abdication of King Juan Carlos of Spain in favour of his heir, Felipe, has renewed discussion about abdication in the UK. Indeed, the abdicating King – anxious no doubt […]


Is Britain a Christian country and, whatever the case, what then?

Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:03:18 +0000

Unusually, British politicians have been talking about religion this Easter. (i) Events, dear Boy First, the Communities and Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, whose Department leads on faith relations, and then the Prime Minister, David Cameron, both averred that Britain was still a Christian country – Mr Pickles, with customary brutality, reminding us that there […]


Research Projects

Church & State in 21st Century Britain (2009)



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