The Constitution Unit


Daniel Gover


Position: Research Assistant
Room: 1.02
Building: 31 Tavistock Square
Telephone: 020 3108 9268

Daniel joined the Constitution Unit in June 2011 as a Research Assistant, and is currently an associate staff member. He has worked on two research projects at the Unit: a major study into the impact of the Westminster parliament on government legislation; and a smaller project about the operation of Commons "financial privilege" in the Westminster parliament.

Aside from his research at the Constitution Unit, Daniel is currently a Research Fellow at the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London, where he is studying attempts to introduce English Votes for English Laws in the House of Commons. He is also interested in the connections between politics and religion, particularly in the UK.

Prior to joining the Unit, Daniel worked for a Member of Parliament at the House of Commons. He has a BA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Nottingham and an MPhil in Politics from the University of Cambridge. 

For further information about his publications, please click here.

Blog posts

English votes for English laws one year on: a critical evaluation

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

On 28 November the Constitution Unit hosted a seminar in parliament to mark the publication of a major new report by Professor Michael Kenny and Daniel Gover evaluating the first year of the new English votes for English laws procedures in the House of Commons. Kenny and Gover summarised their findings before two respondents, Roger […]

One year of EVEL: evaluating ‘English votes for English laws’ in the House of Commons

Monday, 28 November 2016

A major report on how the new ‘English votes for English laws’ (EVEL) procedures in the House of Commons have operated since their introduction in October 2015 is published today. The authors, Daniel Gover and Michael Kenny, argue that the current version of EVEL has avoided many of the problems predicted by its critics. However, they recommend […]

Sunday trading and the limits of EVEL

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Yesterday MPs defeated the government by 317 votes to 286 on its proposals to relax Sunday trading rules. But although the policy would have applied only in England and Wales, the votes of Scottish MPs proved decisive. In this post Daniel Gover and Michael Kenny discuss the territorial dimensions to this episode, and why the […]

The Lords, financial privilege and the EU referendum franchise

Sunday, 13 December 2015

The House of Lords amended the government’s European Union Referendum Bill in order to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in the referendum. Last week the Commons overturned the Lords amendments claiming ‘financial privilege’. Ahead of fresh votes in the Lords on the topic, Meg Russell and Daniel Gover explain this much misunderstood term. Hot […]

The triumph of EVEL: What next for the English Question?

Friday, 23 October 2015

Yesterday MPs voted by 312 to 270 to adopt changes to the House of Commons Standing Orders that will allow ‘English votes for English laws’ to take effect. In this post Michael Kenny and Daniel Gover highlight some of the issues that will need careful monitoring and reflect on the wider implications, arguing that the implementation of EVEL is very […]

Parliament and legislation: Perhaps Westminster is more powerful than you think?

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Government defeats on the floor of the Commons, as seen last week, remain exceptionally rare, perpetuating assumptions that parliament is relatively weak. However, through analysis of 4361 amendments to 12 government bills, and over 120 interviews, Daniel Gover and Meg Russell find empirical evidence that parliament has significantly greater influence on government policy than is […]

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