Citizens' Assembly

24 Nov 2015

Caroline Lucas MP: "We can’t let our constitution be rewritten behind closed doors"

This is a guest post from Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion Devolution deals signed across the country with barely any public involvement, and a review of the House of Lords led by a Conservative hereditary Peer – it seems that our constitution is being re-shaped behind closed doors. Let’s start with devolution. Plans to hand councils more powers are being signed across the country as we […]
20 Nov 2015

Citizens want a say on devolution

Last weekend was the final of two ‘Citizens’ Assemblies’ across the UK as part of a ground-breaking project to engage the public in the devolution debate. And one thing that kept coming up was that citizens want a say over the plans to hand councils more powers. Residents from Southampton, Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight and surrounding areas took part in first ever ‘ Citizens’ Assembly ’ on local […]
17 Sep 2015

The Scottish people should be involved in the devolution debate

Yesterday (Wednesday 16th September) the Scottish Parliament debated ‘Scotland’s Future: Democracy and Devolution’. One year on from the independence referendum, and with the Scotland Bill due to go to report stage in the next few weeks, this debate offered parliamentarians the chance to reflect on the debate in the run up to September 18th 2014, and to consider progress on promised further […]
11 Sep 2015

Democracy Matters: Why we’re launching our own Citizens’ Assemblies

With so many constitutional debates flying around – and so little public involvement in them – we think it’s time for citizens to have a say about where power should lie in the UK. So next week, leading academics and civil society organisations (including ourselves) will be launching a major democratic project in Parliament. The Economic & Social Research Council-funded ‘Citizens’ Assembly’ […]
15 Jun 2015

Magna Carta and the case for a Constitutional Convention

The fractious reality of Britain’s contemporary political scene demands that a new approach be taken to constitutional issues. The myriad debates over the nature and extent of devolution, Britain’s relationship with the European Union, the possibility of English Votes for English Laws, and the rolling devolution of power to city regions in England all point to the need for a thorough re- […]