'Options for an English Parliament' - Meg Russell

Thu 27/04/17 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Free Public Lecture hosted by the Centre for English Identity and Politics at the University of Winchester

Ever since devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the late 1990s some have argued that England, too, deserves its own parliament. Initially Labour focused instead on English regional devolution, and many considered this a fringe idea. But subsequent developments, including greater powers to the devolved areas, and the introduction of 'English votes for English laws' at Westminster have seen interest in the notion of an English Parliament grow, from across the political spectrum. In this talk Meg Russell previews early findings from a Constitution Unit project looking at options for English Parliament – including the competing visions of different proponents, and the various questions that would need to be considered, and reconciled, if such a body was to be put into effect.

Meg Russell is Professor of British and Comparative Politics at University College London, where she is also Director of the Constitution Unit. She is a well-known expert on the British parliament, having conducted considerable research on the legislative process, select  committees, representation and members' constituency roles, and options for reforming both the House of Lords and House of Commons. She is author or editor of five books, most recently Developments in British Politics (2016), and her next book, Legislation at Westminster (with Daniel Gover) will be published by Oxford University Press in summer 2017.