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By Andrew McDonald, Mark Bevir, Jack Citrin, Joseph Fletcher, Robert Hazell, Ailsa Henderson, Kate Malleson, Craig Parsons, Kenneth MacKenzie, Peter Riddell

Opposite to well known fable, Britain does have a structure, person who is uncodified and commanded little political curiosity for many of the 20 th century. within the past due Nineteen Nineties, Tony Blair's New Labour govt introduced a software of reform that used to be notable in its ambition. Reinventing Britain tells the tale of Britain's constitutional reform and weighs its long term value, with essays either via officers who labored at the reforms and by way of different prime commentators and teachers from Britain and North America.Contributors: Mark Bevir, Jack Citrin, Joseph Fletcher, Robert Hazell, Ailsa Henderson, Kate Malleson, Craig Parsons, Kenneth MacKenzie, Peter Riddell

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But the remit of the Electoral Systems Working Party was widened to include the House of Commons by a vote at the 1990 party conference, against the wishes of the party’s national executive, although it was agreed that any proposals on the Commons would not appear until after the coming general election. An additional-member system was duly recommended for the Scottish Parliament. By this stage John Smith had taken over from Neil Kinnock as Labour leader after the party’s fourth consecutive election defeat in July 1992.

But that does not mean that they are any less momentous. For all the defeats it suffered during the passage of the legislation through the House of Lords, the government finally emerged with a statute which reflected the broad lines of the policy it had first set out two years before. We will consider the three limbs of the policy in turn. Some time in 2009 we may expect the UK to have a new Supreme Court. The precise timing of the court’s creation will turn on the provision of suitable accommodation – surely a first in constitutional history – but we may safely assume that this hurdle will be cleared.

Political support spread only slowly, fostered by groups such as Charter 88 and Liberty. There was a sense that this was primarily a lawyers’ demand, rather than a more broadly based campaign. As with Scottish devolution, a specific group, albeit a very significant one, had successfully pushed forward its own agenda. Nevertheless, a commitment to a charter of rights and a Bill of Rights was included in Labour’s 1992 manifesto. At this stage, before the 1987 election, Labour leaders stressed a domestic Bill of Rights, or more vaguely a charter of rights, without mentioning incorporation of the ECHR.

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