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Political and Constitutional Reform Committee

The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee ran an open public competition to find who can write the best Preamble - or introductory statement - for a modern Written Constitution for the UK.

The Committee is very grateful to all those who submitted entries to the competition.

Winner of the competition is Richard Elliott.

This is his entry is below

United, we stand in celebration of the diverse voices that make up the great chorus of our nation. Confident in our individuality, and steadfast in our shared values and common purpose, we—the citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland—have come together in the spirit of self-determination in order to establish the principles of our law and governance.

By this act, we create for ourselves a sovereign state, animated by many spirits, accountable to all. Conscious of the responsibility that we bear to future generations—and of their role in defending and regenerating this Constitution—we lay down maxims crafted to promote civic harmony, mutual tolerance, universal wellbeing, and social and political freedom.

We embody these ideas in democratic government, and enshrine them in a system of law. And we empower each citizen to reform this design, by democratic process and political debate. By popular mandate, we establish this Constitution:

  • To recognise every citizen as an equal partner in government—at a local, regional, and national level.
  • To affirm that each citizen is entitled to fair and equitable treatment under the law..
  • To establish the principle of equality of opportunity for all citizens.
  • To eradicate poverty and want throughout the nation..
  • To protect and cultivate community identities within the four great countries of the union: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland..
  • To preserve our common environment, and to hold it in trust for future generations..
  • To safeguard freedom of thought, conscience, and assembly; and to facilitate peaceable dissent..
  • And to protect these fundamental rights against the encroachment of tyranny and the abdication of reason..

Through this undertaking, we remind one another of the benefits and duties of citizenship enshrined in membership of the United Kingdom, challenging ourselves to enact these principles throughout society.

Let our example stand as an inspiration to the peoples of the world, and to their rulers and their governments.

Let our principles animate our dedication to peace and justice in international affairs.

And let our united resolve grow ever-stronger under the enlightened auspices of this Constitution.

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Chris Jordan

01 January 2015 at 21:11

This new constitution will ensure that every citizen within the UK is equal regardless of race, creed, colour, religion, disability or gender and are to be treated as equals by everyone and under the law. It will ensure that through use of taxation the wealth gap in our Country will be continually reduced. Individuals who do not participate and seek to avoid their share of taxation are to be banished and their possessions and Companies forfeit to the Government. No Private Companies are to be utilized by the Government in the drawing up of taxation regulations. Corporations are to be banned from lobbying MP’s under pain of imprisonment. No MP is to be allowed to work other than as an MP. No MP is to be allowed to take up the role of a Consultant, advisor or join the board of any Corporation until a minimum of two years has passed since their de-selection from office. This constitution will guarantee the continuation of free Healthcare for all, and will seek to re-introduce free University Education for all as well as free access to the Law. These basis Human Rights are to be enshrined in Law. Finally, the constitution will re-assert Parliament as in the time of King Aethelstan in an attempt to reduce the London-centric nature of current UK Politics. The age old tradition on Parliament carrying out its work on a ‘circuit’ is to be re-introduced. Parliament will sit in a different region of the Country each year for a period of one year. Never again will it be just sat in one part of the Country. This will allow MP’s to give equal attention to the problems faced by all regions and not continually concentrate resources in London. Proportional Representation is to be introduced and the second House to be an elected body. The number of MP’s in total should be reduced as to match the numbers within the USA House of Representatives and Senate. All of these measures will create a more equal society.

Matthew Mccormick

01 January 2015 at 21:07

We the People of the United Kingdom hereby enact a written constitution to protect our rights as citizens and outline our duties we owe to the crown and to parliament. As citizens of the United Kingdom we agree to the existence of a representative democracy in which our voices are heard through our vote and through our elected representatives. We the People of the United Kingdom entrench and protect our rights through this written constitution that binds parliament, the crown and against any authority that is external to one's self: • The right to be able to vote in free and fair elections for a representative, who will represent the interests of all constituents and the nation as a Member of Parliament. • The right to the freedom of speech which does not constitute as being harmful to any individual or group. • The right not to be discriminated against on the grounds of their sex, age, gender, race, religious beliefs, disability or sexual orientation. • The right to hold parliament to account and the right to freely access information which does not compromise the security of our nation. This constitution will protect the rights of the citizens of the United Kingdom and outline the parliamentary powers where under any reasonable circumstances must be extended. We the People of the United Kingdom thereby accept the entrenchment of these rights and accept our duty to abide by the law, parliament and the crown. We the People of the United Kingdom uphold the very pillars of our democracy and this constitution upholds the rights and duties of the People of the United Kingdom. May this written constitution protect and prosper the People of the United Kingdom and lead the path for an ever greater democratic state.

Laura Panades

01 January 2015 at 17:51

BY virtue of Her Majesty's Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Having acknowledged the historical role of the Kingdom to the construction of democratic and parliamentary systems, since the Magna Carta and throughout history; Having considered the political maturity of the Nation, progressively built through eight centuries of uninterrupted Parliamentary activity; Having agreed that the rule of law is the necessary condition to fulfil the aspirations of a civilised, modern and engaged society; Understanding the unique position the UK has regained, in the European Union and worldwide, which is a stepping stone towards significant contributions to the global development; Being aware of the scientific, cultural and social history of the UK, showing eagerness for unhindered progress through ideas, knowledge and responsibility; hereby is written the Constitution of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, whose provisions shall fully apply to its citizenry and all its institutions, with no hindrance or deterrent.

Iain Inkster

31 December 2014 at 23:04

Whereas unification upon unification of realm into realm, and the concomitant struggles between nation and nation, sovereign and parliament, noble and commoner, church and government, liberty and common weal, have through successive conciliations and settlements given rise to a constitution, code of laws, and institutions academic, legal and religious, raising the bodies politic of the British Isles out of the turmoil of Late Antiquity and giving rise to a unique venerable and stable kingdom at the heart of a civilised world order, the citizens of this kingdom, observing this wisdom of the ages to have been consolidated in the supreme written legal codes of her daughter realms abroad, in order to retain and continue their own way of life undebased, now seek to consolidate in a new united law their own constitution which has hitherto only existed as fact, precedent, and fragmented law, in order that no future improvidence shall debase it and no future sophistry shall subvert it. We hereby call upon Her Majesty to ratify the following:

Mary Anne Tree

31 December 2014 at 16:02

The people of our most gracious Isle the United Kingdom have witnessed great change and development in the last 750 years and it is with this new multi-cultural ethos in mind that a new Constitution shall be written. It is with our new spirit of enlightenment that can only arrive once we embrace our reach and support outwards to the international community that we state our intention in placing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (UN) as our new foundation. For we as a nation believe people and a nation prosper and achieve economic, personal and cultural harmony only when they are allowed their full political and civil freedom of choice and able to live without fear or co-ercion. We the people of the United Kingdom will be united once more in protecting those who suffer by virtue of poverty ,disability, colour, gender or sexual orientation and will endeavour to support every person in our Isle to live without fear and to be given the greatest opportunity to achieve their potential. We recognise as a nation that it is only social justice and social equality that provide the firm foundation for our great nation to truly progress in harmony.

Oguh Enyeribe

31 December 2014 at 00:34

We, the people of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, inspired by our diverse history and rich heritage, mindful of our place in the modern world, desiring to build a more united, just, safe and prosperous society, founded on the principles of equality, democracy and the rule of law, and in order to safeguard the benefits of civilization, liberty and peace to ourselves and our posterity, do hereby ordain and enact this sovereign constitution for the entire United Kingdom and our overseas territories.

Giles McNeill

29 December 2014 at 14:51

Nothing endures more strongly than our will to be a free, self-governing people. A nation of nations, a land of heroism, industry, fairness and tolerance. Upon firm principles our United Kingdom is forged, wiith history tempered, experience burnished and with our promise and potential polished. Technology and our ability to communicate have brought increased prosperity and peace to the world. The lives of the people of our nation are increasingly complex and interwoven within our nation and without. In order to provide the surety that a written constitutional settlement can provide, secure liberty and the rights of the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, be it enacted as follows:-

Dave Marris

27 December 2014 at 13:51

Inalienable rights can not be given or taken away from an individual, they simply exist. The right to freedoms of all kinds are not within the scope of man to give and take. All people can express themselves, can be and go anywhere they wish without limit. They should have access to clean water and sufficient nourishment to take away any burden from them of struggling to exist and survive. They should have adequate shelter for their and their families needs without the need to toil for such. There freedom from oppression and persecution can not be expunged. If a government is wanted by the people of that land their elected representatives can only represent the needs and wants of the people without any personal gain or advantage of holding such a position. The wealth of a nation should be created by that nation and not held in any way subservient to a central bank or other similar institution. The toil of a man should not be taxed by a state but should draw money from it's own wealth, taken from it's holdings in national companies and from private corporations who reap the benefit of a capable workforce of the nation. The land, resources and wealth of a nation belong to the people of that nation and can not be given to or taken away from the nation. With these freedoms comes the responsibility of the individual to abide by common law, to not harm another person or another's property. These basic rights should be for all people and can not be taken away.

Adrian Moss

24 December 2014 at 11:47

We are the people; this is our land. We are not and we will not be governed; we elect representatives to make decisions on our behalf. Our system of democracy has been hard fought for and hard won and it is the duty of every citizen to uphold and protect it. The representatives we choose must uphold the highest standards of probity and decency and understand that the decisions they make are on our behalf and that of the nation; not for their own gain or for the benefit of a few. Those representatives will ensure at all times the security of the nation, its laws and the wellbeing of the population. Those representatives will understand that there is no such thing as government money; it is the people's money donated to build commonly owned and shared infrastructure, welfare and security. Every citizen is entitled to freedom of expression, freedom of thought and freedom from persecution, tyranny or discrimination. All citizens are equal under the rule of law and every citizen is subject to the laws of the United Kingdom. Those officers that are entrusted to uphold the law will maintain the highest standards of probity and decency and serve the people. Unless there is a proven and critical security risk the Press will not be subject to any government interference or censorship whatsoever. Every citizen is born equal and it is the duty of the country to afford each the opportunity to succeed according to their talents and skills. Our United Kingdom has built its guiding principles on the Christian tradition of brotherly love, compassion and tolerance and these will remain the values that underpin our society, in perpetuity. We are informed by our history and conventions and we will work tirelessly in pursuit and in defence of, our continued liberty and freedom.

Gareth Brading

23 December 2014 at 15:07

By the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, in order to safeguard continuing JUSTICE, maintain PEACE, ensure EQUALITY, and to protect our LIBERTY and DEMOCRACY, the CONSTITUTION, or Affirmation of Parliamentary Sovereignty, for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is hereby ENACTED, in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Fifteen.

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