Wednesday, July 11, 2007

LSE launches constitutional reform programme

Jack StrawNext Wednesday afternoon my good friend Simon Davies will be launching an exciting new programme on constitutional reform at the London School of Economics.

The launch features a spectacular selection of speakers, including the Lord Chancellor and Conservative and Lib Dem front-bench spokesmen. The full announcement is below. If you would like to attend, you can RSVP to

In what will be his first major speech since taking on leadership of constitutional reform, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Jack Straw, will deliver a keynote address at the London School of Economics on July 18th.

Mr Straw will be speaking at the launch of the LSE’s ‘Future Britain’ project, a two-year initiative funded through the school to explore the best and most appropriate processes for constitutional reform in the UK. This important LSE initiative will play a key role in the crucial first stage of reform by reaching out across the country and across the world to find the constitutional approach that best suits the UK. It will then work closely with all political parties and stakeholders to help guide longer-term evolution of reform.

The all-party launch will also hear addresses from the Minister with responsibility for constitutional renewal, Michael Wills, Shadow Attorney General Dominic Grieve, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesman Nick Clegg and the Hon Justice Robert Sharpe of the Ontario Court of Appeal,

The launch will also hear from many of the key organisations that have been working to create the basis for constitutional reform. These include Roger Smith, director of JUSTICE, Professor Robert Hazell, director of the UCL Constitution Unit, Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty and Peter Facey, director of Unlock Democracy (formerly Charter 88).

The Director of Future Britain, Simon Davies, commented: “This is a crucial moment for constitutional reform in Britain. All parties seem willing to go the extra mile to improve the governance of the UK. We are hopeful that the launch of Future Britain will be an opportunity for all the key players to demonstrate their willingness to work cooperatively to achieve meaningful and celebrated reform”.

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