Constitutional reform

The Three Constitutional Questions for Voters This Election

By: Simon Griffiths

For much of the twentieth century, it was Labour – or at least its leadership – that were the constitutional conservatives. The Labour prime minister, Clement Attlee, argued the Party was “resolved to preserve the essential fabric of the British … [Read more...] about The Three Constitutional Questions for Voters This Election

Strengthening Democratic Accountability in the NHS: Opportunities in Constitutional Reform

By: Keegan Clay Shepard

Introduction My name is Keegan Clay Shepard and I am a Research Fellow at the Constitution Society where I am exploring the concept of democratic accountability within the NHS. In this blog I discuss the open consultation aimed at influencing … [Read more...] about Strengthening Democratic Accountability in the NHS: Opportunities in Constitutional Reform

What Happens When Transparent Government Conflicts With Collective Responsibility?

By: Cassandra Somers-Joce

The principle of collective responsibility exists in tension with transparent government. The former tends towards preserving the confidentiality of Cabinet decisions and the latter requires governmental action to be open to examination, scrutiny and … [Read more...] about What Happens When Transparent Government Conflicts With Collective Responsibility?

England’s 50 Presidents: Your Vote on May 2nd

By: Colin Talbot

On May 2nd voters in England will elect 50 ‘presidents’. They are not actually called presidents, but they have many of the features of a presidential form of government. So who are these ‘presidents’ and how did the UK, or more specifically … [Read more...] about England’s 50 Presidents: Your Vote on May 2nd

Police and Crime Commissioners need your vote next month

By: James Sweetland

It’s fair to say that the creation of elected PCCs – that’s Police and Crime Commissioners – didn’t get off to the best of starts.  Introduced under the Coalition government, these new politicians were first elected back in 2012. Prior to polling … [Read more...] about Police and Crime Commissioners need your vote next month

Out next week: “The City and Federalism: the UK and Germany”

By: Matthew Heathcote

Matthew Heathcote is a Constitution Society research fellow, his report “The City and Federalism: the UK and Germany” will be published next week on 18 March 2024.  Over the last year, I've had the privilege to research and write on the potential … [Read more...] about Out next week: “The City and Federalism: the UK and Germany”

Choosing party leaders

By: Alys Thomas

Introduction This is a blog about the constitutional issues at stake when it comes to the self-selecting memberships of political parties choosing party leaders and thus Prime Ministers.[1] As this blog is being drafted, there is some … [Read more...] about Choosing party leaders

The transformation of collective responsibility

By: Laura Gherman

Collective responsibility is a constitutional convention which has existed since the eighteenth century aiming to unite ministers so that they speak with one voice when facing a monarch and the public. The principles behind this convention were born … [Read more...] about The transformation of collective responsibility

A King’s Speech fit for a dying government

By: Laura Gherman

It felt like the King’s Speech should have been a bigger event. I was sat watching the King and Queen arrive in Westminster from my office window. I refused an offer to go see him close-up that morning and instead opted out for a packet of Walkers … [Read more...] about A King’s Speech fit for a dying government

HS2 and the constitutional issues of infrastructure

By: Laura Gherman

The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) is the Government’s centre of expertise, infrastructure and major projects. It gave HS2 an ‘unachievable’ rating in its latest Annual Report, where it noted huge issues around budget, … [Read more...] about HS2 and the constitutional issues of infrastructure