University of Winchester talk asks: what are the options for an English Parliament?

12 Apr 2017
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If an English Parliament were to be established, what powers would it have, what are the likely challenges in setting it up, and what might be the implications for Westminster and Whitehall?

In a talk hosted by the University of Winchester's Centre for English Identity and Politics​ this month, Meg Russell, Professor of British and Comparative Politics at University College London, previews early findings from a project looking at options for an 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 set up.
John Denham​, Professor of English Identity and Politics at the University of Winchester and the former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2009-10), said: "Since devolved assemblies were established in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the late 1990s, some have argued that England should also have its own parliament.
"As devolved assemblies have acquired greater powers and we have seen the introduction of 'English votes for English laws' at Westminster, interest has grown across the political spectrum in the notion of an English Parliament as an institution that would give separate decision-making powers to voters in England."
Meg Russell is a well-known expert on the British parliament and as has 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 Director of the Constitution Unit at University College London where she is leading a Nuffield Foundation-funded project exploring the options for an English Parliament. The project report will be published this autumn.
The event is the latest in a series hosted by the University's Centre for English Identity and Politics focusing on the theme of the governance of England. The Centre - which is headed by Professor John Denham and is part of the University's Department of Politics and Society - explores the relationship between a growing sense of English identity and the development of local and national politics in England. 
Options for an English Parliament takes place at 6.30pm on Thursday 27 April 2017 in West Downs Room 2, West Downs, University of Winchester, Romsey Road, Winchester SO22 5HT. A cash bar will be available.
The event is free to attend but booking is essential at:​

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