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Support for a UK constitutional convention

23rd April 2012
23 Apr 2012
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Support for a UK constitutional convention

Responding to the Welsh first minister, Carwyn Jones' calls for a UK Constitutional Convention and equal seats in a reformed Upper House for Wales, Scotland, NI and England, Stephen Brooks director of the Electoral Reform Society Wales said:

We would welcome the establishment of a UK constitutional convention, as suggested by the first minister, Carwyn Jones. The Coalition and the previous Labour government only looked at individual pieces of the constitutional jigsaw.

A UK constitutional convention would allow politicians and
voters to consider the big picture and how it all fits together.

There is a strong argument to give equal representation to UK constituent nations; however this proposal should not be used as a delaying tactic by those who are against the principle of an elected Upper House. We’ve been waiting for Lords reform for over 100 years. Public opinion is overwhelmingly in favour of change; and the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats all backed reform in their 2010 manifestoes.

The Electoral Reform Society would urge MPs and peers to give careful consideration to equal representation for Wales, but all parties must stay committed to reform."