Do we need a constitutional convention for the UK? - Oral and Written Evidence

On 24 May, the Committee held a seminar to launch its constitutional convention inquiry.

The topics covered included

  • Is there a case for establishing a constitutional convention for the UK?
  • The composition of the convention
  • The remit and working methods of the convention

As well as members of the Committee the seminar was attended by Jack Maizels (Unlock Democracy); Professor Richard Wyn Jones (University of Cardiff); Professor Vernon Bogdanor (Kings College London); Dr Andrew Blick (Kings College London); Professor Iain McLean (University of Oxford); Dr Alan Renwick (University of Reading); Professor Matthew Flinders (University of Sheffield); Elliot Bulmer (Constitutional Commission); and Paul Raynes (Local Government Association).

Oral evidence

The first oral evidence session of the inquiry was held on Thursday 28 June 2012 (PDF) with Peter Facey, Unlock Democracy and Lewis Baston, Democratic Audit (

The second oral evidence session was held at the Wesh Assembly, Cardiff on Thursday 12 July 2012 (PDF) with Andrew RT Davies AM, Leader of the Opposition, Welsh Assembly; and Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales.

The third oral evidence session was held on Thursday 6 September 2012, with Sir Merrick Cockell, Local Government Association; Ged Fitzgerald, Chief Executive, Liverpool City Council, Tom Riordan, Chief Executive, Leeds City Council, and Will Godfrey, Strategic Director for Corporate Services, Bristol City Council (Corrected transcript).

The fourth oral evidence session was held at MacDonald Hotel, Edinburgh on Thursday 4 October 2012, Nigel Smith, Director of VoxScot, strategic advice for referendum campaigns, Professor James Mitchell, Strathclyde University, Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Johann Lamont MSP, Leader of Scottish Labour, and Willie Rennie MSP, Leader, Scottish Lib Dems Scottish Parliament (Corrected transcript).

The fifth session was held on Thursday 18 October 2012 with Lord Maclennan of Rogart and Canon Kenyon Wright (Corrected transcript).

The sixth evidence session was held on Thursday 1 November 2012 at Parliament Buildings, Northern Ireland Assembly with Dr Robin Wilson, an independent researcher, Mike Nesbitt MLA, Ulster Unionist Party Leader, John McCallister MLA and Dr Christopher McGimpsey (Corrected transcript).

The seventh oral evidence session was held on Thursday 8 November 2012 with Miss Chloë Smith MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Cabinet Office and Ciaran Martin, Director, Constitution Group, Cabinet Office (Corrected transcript).

The eighth oral evidence session was held on Thursday 17 January 2013 (watch here) with Paul Silk, Chair of the Commission on Devolution in Wales and, Professor Noel Lloyd, Commission member.(uncorrected transcript)

The ninth and final session was held on Thursday 28 February 2013 (watch here) with Professor Gerald Holtham and Alan Trench (uncorrected transcript)