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Where: LSE New Academic Building, Room 1.04, London, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LJ.

When: Wednesday 25th March, 6.30 - 8pm 

 

ConstitutionUK is joining forces with Unlock Democracy's Unlock Magna Carta project to co-host our next event. This time we’re bringing together local community groups from across London to discuss socio-economic rights: what are they, why do they exist and should they be included in a written constitution for the UK?

Join us for a Big Questions style of debate - raising questions, discussing and debating with others in your field.

  • Should the right to work be included in a codified constitution?
  • Is the right to education as important as the right to free speech?
  • What does it mean, in practice, to have the right to adequate housing?
  • How could the incorporation of socio-economic rights have an impact on people here in London?

 

Come along, have your say and take part in this national debate. The event is free to attend, and parts of the session will be filmed.

 

Register here to join our event!

 

ConstitutionUK is an initiative by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) at LSE to crowdsource a new written codified constitution for the UK. Using an innovative online platform, constitutionuk.com, the IPA is asking the British public for their ideas, comments, suggestions and votes on what should be included in a new constitution for the UK. The ‘ideation’ phase of the online element of the project will remain open until 5 April. Subsequently, the ideas and suggestions generated on the online platform will move to a refining stage. This phase will culminate in a constitutional convention which will be held at LSE on 22 April. Using the content from the online platform the top 20 participants, together with constitutional experts, will draft a new constitution for the UK.

Unlock Magna Carta is a series of at least 12 local events across the UK to spark a national debate on the legacy of Magna Carta and its current relevance. It involves lectures, talks, study sessions, arts projects, workshops and theatre performances, giving people in different places the opportunity to engage with the themes of Magna Carta and create their own Charter for the 21st Century.

Ever wondered just how easy is it to leave the European Union? Does our membership mean that the UK Parliament is no longer sovereign? Are we in fact governed by Europe? What exactly is the European Convention on Human Rights? If we left the European Union, could we still be protected by this convention or would we need a new Bill of Rights?

For one hour Professor Conor Gearty, Director of the Institute of Public Affairs and Professor of Human Rights Law will take your questions on Europe. He will be joined by John Springford, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform

To tune in please click through the link below to watch the live stream. Get involved by posting your questions to our panel.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/constitution-uk

Calling all residents of Portsmouth and the surrounding areas! We are coming to the Square Tower, Broad Street to ask you is it time for a new Magna Carta?

Wednesday 25th February 2015

13.00-15.00

Refreshments will be available from 12.30. We advise you to arrive by 13.15pm and filming will commence at 13.30. Filming will last one hour and the event will close at 15.00.

This is free to attend but you can register to secure your place.

 

This event will be a 'Big questions' style event where you will get to ask questions and debate with others.

Professor Conor Gearty, Director of LSE's Institute of Public Affairs will host the debate and will be joined by:

Grant Clarke, Portsmouth Student Union President

Flick Drummond, Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth South

Gerald Vernon Jackson, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Portsmouth South and former Leader of Portsmouth City Council

Mike Fitzgerald, UKIP Parliamentary Candidate for Portsmouth North

 

This event will be filmed and used as a resource for the Rights and duties discussion on the Constitution UK crowdsourcing platform. Please note that by attending you are consenting to be filmed

Calling all residents of Liverpool and the surrounding areas! We are coming to the  Council Chamber, Liverpool Town Hall to ask you what does it mean to be British? What are the British values that should be in a constitution?

Wednesday 18th February 2015

12.00-14.00

Refreshments will be available from 11.30. We advise you to arrive by 12pm and filming will commence at 12.30. Filming will last one hour and the event will close at 2pm.

This is free to attend but you can register to secure your place.

 

This event will be a 'Big questions' style event where you will get to ask questions and debate with others.

Professor Conor Gearty, Director of LSE's Institute of Public Affairs will host the debate and will be joined by

  • Hannah Baker, Liverpool Hope Student Union President
  • Martin Dobson, Green party Parliamentary candidate for Liverpool Riverside
  • Cllr Richard Kemp, Leader Liverpool Lib Dems
  • Jackson Ng Conservative party Parliamentary candidate for Liverpool Riverside
  • John Sawyer, Barrister, Senior Professional Tutor in Law, Law Department, Liverpool Hope University

 

This event will be filmed and used as a resource for the Values discussion on the Constitution UK crowdsourcing platform. Please note that by attending you are consenting to be filmed

Calling all residents of Nottingham and the surrounding areas! We are coming to the Adams room, Nottingham Conference centre to ask you Should Europe be at the heart of our UK constitution?

Wednesday, 11th February 2015

12.00-14.00

Refreshments will be available from 11.30. We advise you to arrive by 12pm and filming will commence at 12.30. Filming will last one hour and the event will close at 2pm.

This is free to attend but you can register to secure your place.

 

We want to ask you residents of Nottingham your thoughts on Europe.

  • Are we a subset of Europe or is there something special about us?
  • What does UK membership of the European Union mean for our UK constitution?
  • Should we leave? Can we really be a sovereign nation while EU law takes precedent over our own?

 

This event will be a 'Big questions' style event where you will get to ask questions and debate with others.

Professor Conor Gearty, Director of LSE's Institute of Public Affairs will be your host. We have invited all political parties and will currently be joined by

Antonia Zenkevitch,  Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Nottingham East

Katharina Boettge, Green Party PPC Nottingham North

David Hollas, UKIP PPC Nottingham South

 

This event will be filmed and used as a resource for the International relations discussion on the Constitution UK crowdsourcing platform. Please note that by attending you are consenting to be filmed.

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