Director of The Constitution Society Nat le Roux, gives evidence to the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee on the role and powers of the judiciary in the UK and elsewhere, with particular respect to the UK constitution and … [Read more...] about Nat Le Roux gives evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee
A personal view by Sir Christopher Foster of the Better Government Initiative, this latest paper outlines how pressures to reduce civil service impartiality could ultimately call into question our lack of legally enforceable constitutional … [Read more...] about Constitutional Responsibilities of the Civil Service
Authored by leading experts, Jack Simson Caird, Robert Hazell and Dawn Oliver, the report looks at the complex issues that surround the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution, codifying the the standards it used between 2001 and the end … [Read more...] about The Constitutional Standards of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution
Written by Dr Ben Yong the report looks into the important role that legal advice plays in the British political system. Here is an interview with Dr Yong to mark the launch of the report: Government lawyers are a powerful and influential … [Read more...] about Risk Management Government Lawyers and the Provision of Legal Advice within Whitehall
There are several significant angles to last night's Commons vote on Syria. Foreign policy experts look at Britain’s role in the world and our relationship with the United States; domestic politicos look through the prism of party politics, asking … [Read more...] about The Syria vote was a triumph of parliamentary sovereignty
The latest meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the British Constitution was honoured to have as its main speaker, Sir John Elvidge, former Permanent Secretary to the Scottish government 2003 - 2010. Sir John opened the discussion of the … [Read more...] about Sir John Elvidge APPG Meeting On Scottish Referendum
From everything from hospital ‘blunders’ to personalised number plates, one finds the Freedom of Information Act used to explore a variety of previously undisclosed areas. Many have celebrated the Act, which allows the public to request information … [Read more...] about Freedom of Information – The Ultimate Tool for Transparency?
Professor Michael Keating is currently writing a paper for The Constitution Society on the important topic of Scotland's future after the independence referendum in 2014. We will be launching his piece along with responses from CentreForum, the … [Read more...] about Professor Michael Keating speaks about Scotland’s future
The Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee (PCRC) has published its report on legislative standards after an eighteen month inquiry. The Constitution Society welcomes the report as an important contribution to the campaign … [Read more...] about PCRC Report: Constitutional legislation is ‘qualitatively different from other types of legislation’
There is little understanding of the concept of Parliamentary privilege outside Westminster. The term tends to arouse suspicion: privilege is against the spirit of the times - it smacks of unfairness and elitism. It did not help when some of the MPs … [Read more...] about Is it time to codify Parliamentary privilege?
The resignation of Paris Brown, Britain's first 'Youth Police Commissioner', shines light on the powers of appointment elected Police and Crime Commissioners have and raises questions as to how appropriate these may be. The revelation that Ms … [Read more...] about Resignation shines light on PCC powers
“Freedom from Strasbourg” has become a popular rallying cry in British Politics. Just last week Theresa May made it a central part of a speech which many feel was intended to position her for a future leadership challenge. “We need to stop human … [Read more...] about Why we should be cautious about abandoning the European Convention on Human Rights