A New Magna Carta?

Posted on 14 July 2014 (Permalink)

Last Thursday the Political & Constitutional Reform Select Committee, which I chair, published its report "A New Magna Carta?" This marks the start of a six month consultation on the future of our democracy.

The Committee's Report is avaliable here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmselect/cmpolcon/463/463.pdf

For a short Summary of the report click here: Summary

What do you think? We want to hear from as many people as possible. To find out more about the Consultation click on this link: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/political-and-constitutional-reform-committee/inquiries/parliament-2010/consultation-new-magna-carta/

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Press Coverage

Graham Allen, ‘A new Magna Carta?’, OpenDemocracy, 10 July 2014, http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/graham-allen/new-magna-carta

Graham Allen, ‘A new Magna Carta?’, Unlock Democracy, 10 July 2014, http://unlockdemocracy.org.uk/blog/entry/a-new-magna-carta

Graham Allen, ‘Do we need a new Magna Carta? My committee seeks your view’, Conservative Home, 10 July 2014, http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2014/07/from-grahamallenmp-do-we-need-a-new-magna-carta-my-committee-seeks-your-view.html  

BBC News, ‘MPs call for anniversary debate on “new Magna Carta”’, BBC News, 10 July 2014, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28231109

Nina Porzucki, ‘Their “Great Charter” is nice. But some British pols are pushing for a proper constitution’, Public Radio International, 10 July 2014, http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-07-10/their-great-charter-nice-some-british-pols-are-pushing-proper-constitution

Fabian Hamilton, ‘A new Magna Carta?’, Labour List, 10 July 2014, http://labourlist.org/2014/07/a-new-magna-carta/

Graham Allen, ‘Does Britain need a new Magna Carta?’, Telegraph, 12 July 2014, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/10964150/Does-Britain-need-a-new-Magna-Carta.html

Paul Tyler, ‘Progress in Magna Carta’s birthday year’, Liberal Democrat Voice, 16 July 2014, http://www.libdemvoice.org/lord-paul-tyler-writesprogress-in-magna-cartas-birthday-year-41572.html

Allan Massie, ‘Our way of life, summed up in one document’, Telegraph, 19 July 2014 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10977285/Our-way-of-life-summed-up-in-one-document.html

Joshua Rozenberg, ‘UK constitution conundrum’, Law Society Gazette, 21 July 2014, http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/analysis/comment-and-opinion/uk-constitution-conundrum/5042284.article

Lancaster Guardian, ‘Rare Magna Carta document could find home in Lancaster’, Lancaster Guardian, 22 July 2014, http://www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/news/local/rare-magna-carta-document-could-find-home-in-lancaster-1-6743092

Obiter, ‘Constitutional writes’, The Law Society Gazette, 4 August 2014, http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/obiter/constitutional-writes/5042505.article

Magna Carta 800th Newsletter, ‘A new Magna Carta?’, September 2014: http://www.magnacarta800th.com/newsletters/Magna_Carta_Newsletter_Sept_2014.pdf


Fabian Hamilton MP, ‘The argument for a written constitution’, The Yorkshire Post, 8 September 2014: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/debate/columnists/fabian-hamilton-the-argument-for-a-written-constitution-1-6827946












There are several organisations that support this consultation. Find out more about them and their work below:

Unlock Democracy



Institute For Government

Electoral Reform Society