Speaker: Jim Gallagher
Jim Gallagher will analyse the significance of the Scotland Bill currently before Parliament for Scotland and for the UK. He will argue that the purpose of the bill should be to enable Scotland to pursue a different social model from the rest of the UK while still sharing in an economic and social union. He will assess how well the Bill achieves this objective, and propose specific amendments to ensure it does. But his main focus will be on the implications of the bill for the UK as a whole: the UK needs a coherent territorial constitution, not just for Scotland but also for Wales, Northern Ireland and England. This is the most urgent part of the modernisation needed for the UK constitution, but will have to be taken forward in tandem with other reforms, perhaps in a constitutional convention or in other ways.
Jim Gallagher is based in Nuffield College, Oxford, and is a former director-general for devolution in the UK government. he was secretary to the Calman commission on Scottish devolution, and advised the Better Together campaign in the Scottish referendum
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The Constitution Unit is an independent and non-partisan research centre based in the Department of Political Science at University College London.
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