The Constitution Unit has been poking around in the affairs of the incorporated government since 1995, at least that is openly so. Operating in sync with the equally sinister corporate body, The Institute for Government, together are moving to destroy the foundation of Great Britain to the point it can never be returned.
Out of the 38 Council members 12 are Privy Councillors, 21 are with the House of Lords, 5 are fellows of the Royal Society for the Arts, but perhaps the most worrying aspect to this bunch of rogues is the extent to which Zionism perpetuates itself throughout the whole mindset.
Take the following information as further evidence that far from being a nation under Christianity, we are today a nation under the control of the Christian Zionism philosophy (Baal worship). A philosophy that denies Christ in his entirety as they pave the way for their as yet unseen Messiah Christianity calls the Anti-Christ. I will highlight all links to Zionism and Israel for a measure of the vipers forked tongue as it entwines itself around all the positions of power within the British realm, in order it can destroy that realm and install the anti-life system of rights afforded to British men and women not by god and constitution, but from the rear end of the python through corporate statutes they call law.
They say of the organisation :
Robert Hazell founded the Constitution Unit in 1995 to do detailed research and planning on constitutional reform in the UK. The Unit has done work on every aspect of the UK’s constitutional reform programme: devolution in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the English regions, reform of the House of Lords, electoral reform, parliamentary reform, the new Supreme Court, the conduct of referendums, freedom of information, the Human Rights Act. The Unit is the only body in the UK to cover the whole of the constitutional reform agenda.
The Unit conducts academic research on current or future policy issues, often in collaboration with other universities and partners from overseas. We organise regular programmes of seminars and conferences. We do consultancy work for government and other public bodies. We act as special advisers to government departments and parliamentary committees. We work closely with government, parliament and the judiciary. All our work has a sharply practical focus, is concise and clearly written, timely and relevant to policy makers and practitioners.
The Unit has always been multi disciplinary, with academic researchers drawn mainly from politics and law. We also have people with public service backgrounds, and welcome secondments from the public service. The Unit has 25 honorary Senior Research Fellows, who have worked on research projects with us; and a Council of 40 members who are distinguished figures with an interest in constitutional reform.
Clearly this operation is responsible for the insanity that is devolution, and the equally damned freedom of information system, a system that limits the scope by which the civil state can leak the truth about the financial activities of the huge corporate charitable trusts and the many pseudo-charities as they act as outsource contractors to the civil state. The decision to release information clearly in the public interest, is now blocked via the Freedom of Information Act which shifts the power over transparency to a set of commercial rules set to confound all attempts by the taxpayer, should they dare to demand a spreadsheet of financial activity, as the corporate realm sucks the country dry of taxpayer pounds.
They are also claiming the responsibility for the manner in which successive governments have used the idea of referendum to gain your votes, to then wriggle out of any such ideas. The last expression of this strategy would be Cameron and the referendum promised on the EU.
Given the political leverage, interference, and confusion of the Judiciary, brought about with the European Human Rights Act and its mis-use by particular UNIT connected Judges, we gain further insight to the real agenda of this private think tank as it implements the doctrine of the Talmud.
What is imperative at this stage of the study is that you understand the situation in these terms :
British Realm and the Anti-Realm, the former is a country, the latter is a corporation.
The unit had this to say of its presence in changing the constitution :
The Unit is the only body in the UK to cover the whole of the constitutional reform agenda.
The UK, an abbreviation for the United kingdom, is not a country it is a corporation. A private corporation administered via the Bank of England on behalf of the Bank for International Settlements. The statement above makes clear the unit operates not within the British realm, but within the corporate realm, and is the only body covering the entire agenda of constitutional reform. That is an admission of holding the controlling position in all things constitutional change for Great Britain, this surely then means they are the think tank for another think tank, namely the Institute for Government.
What is that aim?
If we are to grasp the motives as suggested in there’re own rhetoric, both private and public, we learn the true intention is to destroy the constitutional realm as the overriding body arbitrating the lives of the population, in order it be replaced with a full corporate dictatorship, especially so under the emergency statutes within the Contingency Act 2004, opening the way for the IMF to dictate all terms in relation to the Legal Persona, allowing the governance of the population via commercial contract as they fail to grasp the true relationship with their own Trust. Contracts that will serve commercial interests, and contracts the populace remain ignorant of. It will mean an end to the constitution as the giver of rights we as a nation have enjoyed for centuries, we will become serfs again to the will of profit.
The strategy is clear, ensure the native population are state dependant, divert there minds as they hand all the domestic civil employment and education positions to immigrants, who know no better as to what is the British way, and what is not. Even better if those given the positions have come as indentured servants to the corporate empire from a country plunged into war.
According to the wiki page the following statutes are still in force today :
The clauses of the 1297 Magna Carta which are still on statute are
Clause 1, the freedom of the English Church.
Clause 9 (clause 13 in the 1215 charter), the ancient liberties of the City of London.
Clause 29 (clause 39 in the 1215 charter), a right to due process.
The freedom of the English Church is being demolished by the gay lobby and by the current monarch who has allied the church with the Zion leaning Evangelical movement. They demand female clergy and the right for a vicar to be gay, and to be allowed to marry gay people in the church, clearly not Christian doctrine by definition of the fact; nowhere is it to be found in sermons of Christianity going back to its formation in which anything outside the promotion of the family would suggest homosexuality as an expression to be taught to five year old children.
Thus by allowing such angst-lobbies to force the church to act against the doctrines of Christianity, a duty set under constitutional law, there is no other right or rights that can supersede the protecting of the Christian Covenant and its ascension as the head of these Isles religious spirituality.
Vatican II has positioned the Roman Church ecclesiastically in line to the point of subservience, with that of the Russian Orthodox Church which today pushes the doctrine according to the Zionist tradition.
It is because of Vatican II that the recent whispers suggesting the now Zionist-Church of England Allie itself with Vatican II, (Opus Dei) but this is a serious deception and yet another play to usurp the Christian doctrine by presenting all of Christendom to the yoke of the very Rothschild Russian Orthodox Church.
From only one brief page titled about us, it appears clear to my good self this unit does not have the upkeep of the British realm as its core value. As such this unit is the writer of a script called treason. I do believe we would be better not to act it.
Who is behind this Trojan Horse
Quote above by Ben Rogers Institute for Government : Full article
We cannot go wrong if we stick to the constitutional unit’s own website in gathering the information required to understand who wants to kill our constitution. The players :
CONSTITUTION UNIT COUNCIL (As of 2012)
The Council exemplifies the cross-party nature of the Unit’s work, our interest in the House of Lords as well as the House of Commons, and our links with Whitehall. We are grateful to all members of the Council for their interest in the Unit’s work and their continued support.
Lord Alderdice : John Thomas Alderdice, Baron Alderdice (born 28 March 1955) is a Northern Ireland politician. He was Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly 1998-2004, leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland 1987-1998, and since 1996 sits in the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat.
He worked part-time as a consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy in the NHS from 1988 until he retired from psychiatric practice in 2010.
Lord Butler of Brockwell : He became a non-executive Director of HSBC Group from 1998 to 2008. He is also Chairman of the Corporate Sustainability Committee and the HSBC Global Education Trust. In 2011, he was elected Master of the Worshipful Company of Salters.
In February 2004, it was announced that Lord Butler of Brockwell would chair an inquiry into the use of intelligence in the lead up to the 2003 Iraq War. His report (widely known as the Butler Report or the Butler Review) concluded that some of the intelligence about Iraq’s possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction was seriously flawed.
Lord Elis Thomas AM : Dafydd Elis Elis-Thomas, Baron Elis-Thomas, PC, AM, (born 18 October 1946) is a Welsh politician and was the Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales from its inception in 1999 until 2011. He is a member of the House of Lords, a former leader of Plaid Cymru, and, since 2004, a privy counsellor.
Lord Falconer : Charles Leslie Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton, PC (born 19 November 1951) is a British Labour politician, who became the Lord Chancellor and the first Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs (a position created originally to replace the position of Lord Chancellor) in 2003. In May 2007, the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) became the new Ministry of Justice with an enhanced portfolio, that encompasses all the responsibilities of the former DCA plus some functions transferred from the Home Office. Upon that reorganisation taking effect on 9 May 2007, Lord Falconer became the first Secretary of State for Justice, while keeping the title and role of Lord Chancellor. Following Gordon Brown’s accession to the position of Prime Minister, Falconer was replaced as Minister of Justice.
He became a flatmate of Tony Blair when they were both young barristers in London in the late 1970s in Wandsworth. They had first met as pupils at rival schools in the 1960s. At school, he dated Amanda Mackenzie Stuart, an ex-girlfriend of Blair’s, immediately after that relationship. While Blair went into politics, Falconer concentrated on his legal career. They met again in 1976 when working as barristers in the same chambers. He practised from Fountain Court Chambers in London, and became a Queen’s Counsel in 1991.
In his role as Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, Lord Falconer sought to make it easier for government bodies to refuse to release documents under the Freedom of Information Act (2000), on the grounds that they are too expensive and too time-consuming for civil servants to find. Currently, the legislation allows requests for information to be refused if the cost they will incur exceeds £600 for Whitehall and £450 for other public bodies. Lord Falconer’s proposed changes would make no difference to this level, but would expand the number of activities that would be included in the totals, making it easier for government parties to refuse requests for information.
Lord Howe of Aberavon : Richard Edward Geoffrey Howe, Baron Howe of Aberavon, CH, QC, PC (born 20 December 1926) usually known until 1992 as Sir Geoffrey Howe is a former British Conservative politician. He was Margaret Thatcher’s longest-serving Cabinet minister, successively holding the posts of Chancellor of the Exchequer, Foreign Secretary, and finally Leader of the House of Commons and Deputy Prime Minister. His resignation on 1 November 1990 is widely considered to have precipitated Thatcher’s own downfall three weeks later.
With Conservative victory in the 1979 general election, Howe became Chancellor of the Exchequer himself. His tenure was characterised by radical policies to correct the public finances, reduce inflation and liberalise the economy. The shift from direct to indirect taxation, the development of a Medium-Term Financial Strategy, the abolition of exchange controls and the creation of tax-free enterprise zones were among important decisions of his Chancellorship. Howe’s famous 1981 Budget defied conventional economic wisdom at the time by deflating the economy at a time of recession.
In June 1989, Howe, and his successor as Chancellor, Nigel Lawson, secretly threatened to both resign over Thatcher’s opposition to British membership in the exchange rate mechanism of the European Monetary System.
With pressures mounting on Thatcher, Howe resigned from the Cabinet on 1 November 1990 in the aftermath of the Prime Minister’s position at the Rome European Council meeting the previous weekend, at which she had declared for the first time that Britain would never enter a single currency writing a cautiously worded letter of resignation in which he criticised Thatcher’s overall handling of UK relations with the European Union.
Lord Hurd of Westwell : Douglas Richard Hurd, Baron Hurd of Westwell, CH, CBE, PC (born 8 March 1930), is a British Conservative politician and novelist, who served in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major between 1979 and his retirement in 1995.
Born in Marlborough, Wiltshire, and in 1997, Hurd entered the House of Lords. Viewed as one of the Conservative Party’s senior elder statesmen, he is a patron of the Tory Reform Group.
Hurd is currently a Member of the Global Leadership Foundation, an organisation which works to promote good governance around the world.
Lord Lester : Anthony Paul Lester, Baron Lester of Herne Hill, QC (born July 3, 1936) is a British politician and member of the House of Lords, and a member of the Liberal Democrats.
Born into a Jewish family, he was educated at the City of London School, and then studied history and law at Trinity College, Cambridge and Harvard Law School. In the 1960s and 1970s Lester was directly involved with the drafting of race relations legislation in Britain. During these periods, he acted as the chair of the legal subcommittee of the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination (C.A.R.D.) and was a member of several organisations working for racial equality such as the Society of Labour Lawyers, Fabian Society, Council of the Institute of Race Relations, British Overseas Socialist Fellowship and the National Committee for Commonwealth Immigrants.In 1968, he co-founded the Runnymede Trust left-wing think-tank with Jim Rose. He was a special advisor to Roy Jenkins at the Home Office in the 1970s, and moved with Jenkins from the Labour Party to found the SDP in 1981. He was Chairman of the Runnymede Trust from 1991 to 1993.
He was created Baron Lester of Herne Hill, of Herne Hill in the London Borough of Southwark in 1993. As a barrister he works from Blackstone Chambers. He was appointed Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Law at University College Cork (Ireland) in 2005.
On 29 June 2007, Lord Lester was appointed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown as a special advisor on constitutional reform to the Secretary of State for Justice. He is a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights.
Lester is a patron of the Family Planning Association, previously called the National Birth Control Committee. He represented the FPA in a contentious case in Northern Ireland where it was widely claimed that the FPA were trying to use strategic litigation to introduce liberalised abortion laws into the country.
Lord Lipsey : He sits on the Labour benches in the House of Lords. He had been a political adviser to Anthony Crosland in Opposition and an adviser to 10 Downing Street. He has worked as a journalist for a variety of different publications including the Sunday Times, Sunday Correspondent, The Times, The Guardian and The Economist. From 1982 to 1983 he was Chairman of theÂ Fabian Society and from 1970 to 1972 Secretary of the Streatham Labour Party.
Lord Steel of Aikwood : David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood, KT, KBE, PC (born 31 March 1938) is a British Liberal Democrat politician who served as the Leader of the Liberal Party from 1976 until its merger with the Social Democratic Party in 1988 to form the Liberal Democrats. He served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1965 to 1997 and as a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) from 1999 to 2003, during which time he was the parliament’s Presiding Officer. Since 1997, he has been a member of the House of Lords.
As an MP he was responsible for introducing, as a Private Member’s Bill, the Abortion Act 1967 (see Abortion in the United Kingdom). He became President of the Liberal International in 1994, holding the office until 1996. He campaigned for Scottish devolution, and in 1999 was elected to the Scottish Parliament as a Liberal Democrat MSP for Lothians.
He was appointed Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in both 2003 and 2004.
On 30 November 2004, the Queen created Lord Steel of Aikwood a Knight of the Order of the Thistle the highest honour in Scotland.
Lord Wilson of Dinton: Richard Thomas James Wilson, Baron Wilson of Dinton GCB (born 11 October 1942) is a cross bench member of the British House of Lords. Richard Wilson was born in Glamorgan. He was educated at Radley College (1956-60 and where he is now head of Council (the governing body)) and Clare College, Cambridge (1961-65), where he was awarded the degree of Master of Laws (LLM). He was called to the Bar but, rather than practice, entered the Civil Service as an assistant principal in the Board of Trade in 1966.
He subsequently served in a number of departments including 12 years in the Department of Energy where his responsibilities included nuclear power policy, the privatisation of Britoil, personnel and finance. He headed the Economic Secretariat in the Cabinet Office under Mrs Thatcher from 1987-90 and after two years in the Treasury was appointed Permanent Secretary of the Department of the Environment in 1992.
He became Permanent Under Secretary of the Home Office in 1994 and Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service in January 1998. He was elevated to a life peer as Baron Wilson of Dinton, of Dinton in the County of Buckinghamshire in 2002, after retiring as Cabinet Secretary. In September of that year, he was made Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He was Non-executive Director of British Sky Broadcasting Group plc and is Non-executive Director of Xansa plc since 2003.
Lord Woolf : Harry Kenneth Woolf, Baron Woolf, PC, FBA, born 2 May 1933, was Master of the Rolls from 1996 until 2000 and Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 2000 until 2005. The Constitutional Reform Act 2005 made him the first Lord Chief Justice to be President of the Courts of England and Wales. He has been a non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong since 2003.
Woolf was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England on 2 May 1933, to Alexander Susman Woolf and his wife Leah (nee Cussins). His grandfather Harry was a naturalised Briton of Polish or Russian Jewish origins.
Woolf chose to be a barrister in 1955 and started working on the Oxford circuit. He became Junior Counsel to the Inland Revenue (Common Law) from 1973-74, and was First Treasury Counsel (Common Law) from 1974-79. In 1979, aged 45, he was appointed as a Queen’s Bench Division High Court judge.
Lord Justice Woolf was appointed to hold a five-month public inquiry with Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons, Judge Stephen Tumim, into the prison disturbances at Strangeways prison, Manchester and other prisons between 11 June on 31 October 1990. In this most senior judicial post, Lord Woolf spoke out at the University of Cambridge in 2004 against the Constitutional Reform Bill that would create a Supreme Court of the United Kingdom to replace the House of Lords as the final court of appeal in the United Kingdom; and he severely questioned the Lord Chancellor’s and the Government’s handling of recent constitutional reforms. He delayed his retirement as Lord Chief Justice until these issues had been resolved.
Among other work, Lord Woolf has been serving as Chancellor of the Open University of Israel since 2004.
On 15 June 2007, he took the chair of an Ethics Committee set up by BAE Systems, the UK’s largest arms company, in response to allegations of multimillion pound bribery in arms deals with Saudi Arabia. He was promoted to Lord Justice of Appeal in 1986
Baroness D Souza : Lady D Souza worked for the Nuffield Institute of Comparative Medicine from 1973-77, Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University) from 1977-80 and was an independent research consultant for the UN from 1985-88.
Lady D Souza was invested as a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1999.
Baroness Hayman : Hayman was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to the House of Lords.
Baroness Morgan of Ely : Eluned Morgan served on the Welsh Labour Party Executive for ten years and was appointed to the Welsh Assembly Advisory Group which was responsible for developing the standing orders of the National Assembly of Wales. She was a founding member of the Yes for Wales Cross party group which campaigned for the Assembly to be established.
Prof Lord Paul Bew : Paul Anthony Elliott Bew, Baron Bew of Donegore (born 1950, in Belfast). He acted as a historical advisor to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry between 1998 and 2001.
Bew’s political stance has changed somewhat over the years. In a 2004 interview for The Guardian, he stated that While my language was more obviously leftwing in the 1970s than today, that sympathy has always been there. As a young man, Bew participated in the People’s Democracy marches. Bew was a briefly a member of a group called the Workers Association, (not to be confused with the Workers Party) which advocated the Two Nations Theory of Northern Ireland .Bew was occasionally identified with the Workers Party. Later, Bew served as an adviser to David Trimble.Trimble and Bew are both signatories to the statement of principles of the Henry Jackson Society, which has been characterised as a neoconservative organisation. Professor Bew’s contributions to the Good Friday Agreement process were acknowledged with an appointment to the House of Lords as a life peer in February 2007.
Prof Lord Currie : David Anthony Currie, Baron Currie of Marylebone (born 9 December 1946) was the chairman of Ofcom (until his replacement on 11 March 2009 by Colette Bowe).
Currie is also chairman of Semperian PPP Investment Partners and acts as an advisor to Unisys. He is also a member of the Dubai Financial Services Authority.
Following the News International phone hacking scandal, Currie was appointed to the advisory panel of the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press, on 20 July 2011.
Prof Lord Morgan : He became a Druid of the Gorsedd of Bards in 2008 and in 2009 received the gold medal from the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion for lifetime achievement.
Prof Lord Norton of Louth : Philip Norton, Baron Norton of Louth (born 5 March 1951) is an English author, academic and Conservative peer. He has been described as the United Kingdom’s greatest living expert on Parliament and a world authority on constitutional issues.
In 2000 he chaired a commission for Leader of the Opposition William Hague to design ideas for the strengthening of the institution of Parliament,and from 2001 to 2004 he served as the chairman of the House of Lords Constitution Committee.In 2007 The Daily Telegraph named him the 59th most influential person on the right of British politics.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Prof Lord Plant of Highfield : Raymond Plant, Baron Plant of Highfield FKC (born 19 March 1945) is a British Labour peer and academic.
Lord Plant was educated at Havelock School in Grimsby, King’s College London (BA, 1966), and the University of Hull (PhD). He is currently Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Philosophy at King’s College London and Professor of Divinity at Gresham College, having previously served as Master of St Catherine’s College, Oxford from 1994 2000. He is an Honorary Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford. Before moving to Oxford he was Professor of European Political Thought at the University of Southampton, and prior to that was a Senior Lecturer in philosophy at the University of Manchester.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He was made a life peer in 1992.
Lord Plant was a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics 2004-2007. In the Lords he is a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights and has been a member of the Government and Law Sub Committee of the Committee on the European Communities. He is the author of several books on political philosophy, and is also a Lay Canon at Winchester Cathedral
The Members of Parliament (MPs)
Sir Alan Beith MP : He became a Member of the BBC Advisory Council in 1974 and held the position until 1984. On the election of David Steel as the Leader of the Liberal Party in 1976, Alan Beith became the Liberal Chief Whip in the Commons. After the 1983 general election he also became the Liberal spokesman for Constitutional Affairs. He was elected as the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in 1985, in both cases alongside his duties as Chief Whip.
Beith stood against Paddy Ashdown in the first leadership election in 1988, an election that Ashdown won by a large margin. Beith stayed on as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats from after the 1992 general election under Ashdown until 2003, and became a Member of the Privy Council in 1992.
Married to Baroness Maddock with both implicated in expenses irregularities surrounding a second home allowance, Sir Alan claimed £117,000 in second home allowances while his wife, Baroness Maddock, claimed £60,000 Lords expenses for staying at the same address.
Beith currently chairs the Justice Select Committee and the Liaison Select Committee
Sir George Reid : In May 2008, Reid was appointed as the Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland for the duration of the General Assembly’s sitting that year. In 2011, he was appointed as Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Clackmannanshire
Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP : Nicholas William Peter Nick Clegg (born 7 January 1967) is the British Liberal Democrat Leader since 2007 and currently the Deputy Prime Minister and Lord President of the Council (with special responsibility for political and constitutional reform) in the coalition government.
Clegg attended the University of Cambridge, the University of Minnesota, and the College of Europe in Belgium. He speaks fluent English, French, Dutch, German, and Spanish. He is married to Miriam Gonz¡lez Dur¡ntez and has three sons.
Clegg was born in 1967 in Chalfont St Giles in Buckinghamshire. He is the third of four children of Nicholas Peter Clegg, CBE, the chairman of United Trust Bank, and a former trustee of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation (where Ken Clarke was an adviser). On his father’s side of the family Clegg is related to Kira von Engelhardt, daughter of a Russian baron of German, Polish, and Ukrainian origin, Ignaty Zakrevsky, an attorney general of the Imperial Russian senate, the writer Moura Budberg and his English grandfather Hugh Anthony Clegg, editor of the British Medical Journal for 35 years.
Clegg’s Dutch mother, Hermance van den Wall Bake,was interned, along with her family, by the Japanese military in Batavia (Jakarta) in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) during World War Two. She met Clegg’s father during a visit to England in 1956, and they married on 1 August 1959.
Clegg is multilingual: he speaks English, French, Dutch, German, and Spanish.His background has informed his politics. He says, There is simply not a shred of racism in me, as a person whose whole family is formed by flight from persecution, from different people in different generations. It’s what I am. It’s one of the reasons I am a liberal. His Dutch mother instilled in him a degree of scepticism about the entrenched class configurations in British society
Between 1992-1993, he was employed by GJW, which lobbied on behalf of Libya.
In 1993, Clegg won the Financial Times David Thomas Prize, in remembrance of an FT journalist killed on assignment in Kuwait in 1991. Clegg was the award’s first recipient. He was later sent to Hungary, where he wrote articles about the mass privatisation of industries in the former communist bloc.
In April 1994, he took up a post at the European Commission, working in the TACIS aid programme to the former Soviet Union. For two years he was responsible for developing direct aid programmes in Central Asia and the Caucasus, worth ¬50 million. He was involved in negotiations with Russia on airline overflight rights, and launched a conference in Tashkent in 1993 that founded TRACECA an international transport programme for the development of a Transport Corridor for Europe, the Caucasus and Asia. Vice President and Trade Commissioner Leon Brittan then offered Clegg a job in his private office, as a European Union policy adviser and speech writer. As part of this role, Clegg was in charge of the EC negotiating team on Chinese and Russian accession talks to the World Trade Organisation.
Rt Hon Dominic Grieve MP : Dominic Charles Roberts Grieve, QC, MP (born 24 May 1956) is a British Conservative politician, barrister and Queen’s Counsel.
He was elected to the House of Commons for the Buckinghamshire seat of Beaconsfield at the 1997 general election following the retirement of Tim Smith. Grieve was elected with a majority of 13,987 votes and has remained the MP there since, increasing his majority at each successive election. He made his maiden speech on 21 May 1997.
He was a member of both the Environmental Audit and the Statutory Instruments select committees from 1997 to 1999.Â William Hague promoted him to the front-bench in 1999 when he became a spokesman on Scottish affairs, moving to speak on home affairs as the spokesman on criminal justice following the election of Iain Duncan Smith as the new leader of the Conservative Party in 2001, and was then promoted to be shadow Attorney General by Michael Howard in 2003. He also had responsibility for community cohesion on behalf of the Conservative Party. He was retained as shadow Attorney General by the new Conservative Leader, David Cameron and was appointed Shadow Home Secretary on 12 June 2008 following the resignation of David Davis.
Grieve was instrumental in the defeat of the Labour government in early 2006 in relation to the proposal that the Home Secretary should have power to detain suspected terrorists for periods up to 90 days without charge. He broadcasts in French on French radio and television. He is not, however, an enthusiast for the EU.
Grieve was criticised for investments in Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe.Grieve has generally voted against gay rights in Parliament, although he did support civil partnerships.
In the last Conservative Shadow Cabinet reshuffle before the General Election of 2010, carried out on 19 January 2009, Grieve was moved to become Shadow Justice Secretary, opposite Jack Straw. According to the BBC, Grieve was said to be very happy with the move which would suit his talents better.
After the 2010 general election, Grieve was appointed as the new Attorney General.
He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Beaconsfield and the Attorney General for England and Wales and the Advocate General for Northern Ireland. On 28 May 2010 he was appointed to the Privy Counsel as part of the 2010 Dissolution of Parliament Honours List.
Rt Hon Sir George Young MP : Sir George Samuel Knatchbull Young, 6th Baronet (born 16 July 1941) is a British politician. He is currently the Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal, and has served as a Conservative Party Member of Parliament since 1974, having represented North West Hampshire since 1997, and Ealing Acton before that.
Young served in the Cabinet from 1995 to 1997 as Secretary of State for Transport. He later served in the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Defence Secretary, Shadow Constitutional Affairs Spokesman and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, before assuming his current role following the 2010 general election.
Andrew Tyrie MP : Tyrie contested Houghton and Washington in 1992. As Member of Parliament for Chichester, Tyrie has been involved locally, namely in supporting campaigns including the movement to prevent the Accident and Emergency Department at St Richard’s Hospital from being downgraded.
In 2005, he became Founding Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition, a group of politicians in the UK Parliament which examines the issue of extraordinary rendition and related issues.
He has been a member of the Public Accounts Commission since 1997 and served on the 1922 Committee Executive between 2005-06. He served in Michael Howard’s Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury between November 2003-March 4 and thereafter as Shadow Paymaster General between March 2004 May 5. He has been a member of many House of Commons Select Committees, namely the Joint Committee on Consolidation, &c., Bills (1997-2001), the Public Administration Select Committee (1997-2001), the Treasury Select Committee (2001-03; 09-; Chairman since 2010), the Treasury Sub-Committee (2001-04), the Constitutional Affairs Committee/Justice Select Committee (2005-2010), the Joint Committee on Conventions (2006), the Reform of the House of Commons Committee (2009-10), Joint Committee on Tax Law Rewrite Bills (2009-; Chairman since 2010) and the Liaison Committee (2010-). On 10 June 2010, Tyrie was elected to chair the Treasury Select Committee, beating original favourite Michael Fallon to succeed John McFall. He also represents the United Kingdom in the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
Tyrie is also a Council Member of the Centre for Policy Studies. He is a shareholder of the Veritas Asian Fund and Falcon Land Limited and he sits on the Board of Directors of Rugby Estates
Since his financial acumen is highly regarded by many, especially during straightened economic times, the Financial Times has speculated: One possible reason why Mr Tyrie is still on the backbenches is that he irritated David Cameron by challenging his climate change policies. Mr Cameron did not ask him to become a Minister after the 2010 election and his nickname in senior Tory circles is Andrew Tiresome. Nonetheless, Tyrie (like Cameron) is a member of the prestigious MCC.
Graham Allen MP : Graham Allen is the Chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee in the House of Commons to which he was elected by the whole House in 2010. In 2011 he wrote two seminal reports for Her Majesty’s Government on Early Intervention.
He introduced a bill calling for a written constitution in the UK. Graham Allen is a supporter of the British Humanist Association and an honorary associate of the National Secular Society.
Vera Baird QC : Vera Baird QC (born Vera Thomas on 13 February 1950) is a British Labour Party activist, barrister, author and lecturer. She serves as a Visiting Professor at London South Bank University, a Visiting Law Lecturer at Teesside University, and is an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda’s College Oxford. She is also a co-director of Astraea: Gender Justice (research and education) and the Chair of Eaves for Women Charity.
She is the only woman Honorary member of the Durham Miners Association. Baird was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Redcar from 2001 to 2010, when she lost her seat to the Liberal Democrats, with the highest swing against any Labour candidate anywhere in the country prompted by local anger over the closure of Teesside Steelworks. She is Labour’s candidate to be Police and Crime Commissioner in Northumbria selected by the highest vote for any candidate nationwide in a One-Member-One-Vote ballot of Northumbria Labour Party members. She featured her intention to champion Neighbourhood Policing, improve how anti-social behaviour and drug crime are dealt with and prioritise tackling violence against women.
Spectator Backbencher of the Year in 2004 Baird served on a number of select committees between 2001 and 2005 including Joint Select Committee on Human Rights 2001-2003 and the Select Committee on Work and Pensions between 2003 and 2005.
Baird was re-elected at the 2005 general election with a reduction in her majority.She then became the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke.
On 8 May 2006, she was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Constitutional Affairs which was renamed the Ministry of Justice in May 2007, following the reorganisation of the Home Office. In June 2007, newly appointed Prime Minister Gordon Brown appointed Baird Solicitor General for England and Wales.
In 2006 Baird commented that in calculating the sentence of a sex offender the judge had been too lenient; she retracted the comments after her boss Lord Falconer supported the judge saying the fault lay not with the judiciary but with sentencing guidelines. Judge Keith Cutler later suggested that criticism from ministers including Baird and Home Secretary John Reid could force judges to break their tradition of silence when criticised.
In 2009 Baird helped establish the Stern Review on the way rape cases are handled, an independent report by Baroness Stern, it was published in March 2010 concluding there needed to be a greater focus on victims.
Malcolm Chisholm MSP : Chisholm was Member of Parliament (MP) for Edinburgh Leith from 1992, then Edinburgh North and Leith from 1997. He served as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland responsible for local government and transport minister for a few months in 1997 but resigned over lone parent benefit cuts. He remained an MP until 2001, when he stood down from the House of Commons in order to concentrate on the Scottish Parliament.
He became Minister for Health and Community Care in 2001, then Minister for Communities from October 2004. As Minister for Health and Community Care, Chisholm introduced and oversaw the passage of the National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill which brought about the abolition of NHS Trusts in Scotland and the creation of Community Health Partnerships.
Roseanna Cunningham MSP : Roseanna Cunningham (born 27 July 1951, Glasgow) is the Scottish Government’s Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs and Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South and Kinross-shire, having previously represented Perth.
Raised in Australia, she returned to Scotland and was a member of the left-wing 79 Group inside the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the early 1980s, but avoided expulsion as she was not a member of it’s steering committee (future SNP Convenor Alex Salmond by contrast who served on the 79 Group committee was expelled, whilst Margo MacDonald resigned from the party in protest before she could be expelled).
In 2000 she was elected the SNP Senior Vice-Convener (deputy leader). Also in that year she helped establish the Scottish Left Review publication. She stood down as an MP in 2001, to concentrate on the Scottish Parliament.
In the first reshuffle of the SNP Government in February 2009, Cunningham was appointed as Minister for the Environment. In December 2010 she also took on portfolio responsibility for climate change, becoming Minister for the Environment and Climate Change. After the 2011 election, which saw a SNP landslide, she was appointed Minister for Community Safety with special responsibility for tackling sectarianism.
Alex Fergusson MSP ; As Presiding Officer, he chaired the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, which has similar functions to that of the House of Commons Commission, and the Parliamentary Bureau, which sets the daily business in the chamber and timetable for progress of bills, subject to approval by the Parliament.
Carwyn Jones AM : Jones trained as a barrister at the Inns of Court School of Law, London,and was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 1989.
After winning the leadership election in 2009, Jones was confirmed as the third First Minister of Wales on 9 December 2009.Since the defeat of the Labour Party in the 2010 United Kingdom general election, and the resignation of Gordon Brown as Prime Minister, Jones has become the most senior Labour elected representative and government minister in the United Kingdom. He was appointed as a Privy Counsellor on 9 June 2010.
Prof David Marquand : David Ian Marquand FBA, FRHistS, FRSA (born 20 September 1934) is a British academic and former Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP). Marquand has written extensively on the future of the European Union and the need for constitutional reform in the United Kingdom.
Originally a tentative supporter of Blair’s New Labour, he has since become a trenchant critic, arguing that New Labour has modernised the social-democratic tradition out of all recognition, even while retaining the over-centralisation and disdain for the radical intelligentsia of the old Labourite tradition.
In August 2008 Marquand published an article in the Guardian newspaper which was seen by some as being complimentary about Conservative Party leader David Cameron. Marquand called Cameron not a crypto-Thatcherite but a Whig and argued that Cameron â€œoffers inclusion, social harmony and evolutionary adaptation to the cultural and socio-economic changes of his age.
Marquand was among 30 people to put his name to a letter to The Guardian Lib Dems Are The Party of Progress in support of the Liberal Democrats in the May 2010 election.
He has subsequently written in support of David Camerons Big Society vision in Prospect Magazine making him an inspiration behind www.theprincipledsociety.com
Prof Dawn Oliver : Called to the Bar Middle Temple 1965 (bencher 1996, treas 2011); in practice 1965-69, conslt Legal Action Gp 1973-76, assoc memb Blackstone Chambers Temple 1994-2002; UCL: lectr in law 1976-88, sr lectr 1988-90, reader in public law 1990-93, prof of constitutional law 1993-2008 (emeritus 2008-), dean of the faculty and head of dept 1993-98 and 2007; memb: Inst of Public Policy Res working gp on a constitution for the UK 1990-91, Hansard Soc Cmmn on Election Campaigns 1990-91, Study of Parliament Gp 1992- (pres 2010-), Justice Working Party on Interventions in Public Interest Cases 1994-95, Royal Cmmn on Reform of House of Lords 1999, Fabian Soc Cmmn on the Future of the Monarchy 2002-03, Animal Procedures Ctee 2003-11; chair Advtg Advsy Ctee ITC 1999-2003; ed Public Law 1993-2001; assoc fell Newnham Coll Cambridge 1996-99; hon fell Soc of Advanced Legal Studies 1997, hon fell UCL 2001; FBA 2005
Books and Publications
The Changing Constitution (ed with J L Jowell, 1985, 7 edn 2011), Cohabitation The Legal Implications (1987), New Directions in Judicial Review (ed with J L Jowell, 1988), Economical with the Truth The Law and the Media in a Democracy (ed with D Kingsford Smith, 1989), Government in the United Kingdom: The Search for Accountability, Effectiveness and Citizenship (1991), The Foundations of Citizenship (with D Heater, 1994), Public Service Reforms (with G Drewry, 1996), Halsbury’s Laws of England Constitutional Law (4 edn, ed with Lord Lester of Herne Hill, QC, 1996), The Law and Parliament (ed with G Drewry, 1998), Common Values and the Public Private Divide (1999), Constitutional Reform in the UK (2003), Human Rights and the Private Sphere (ed with J Fedtke, 2007), Justice, Legality and the Rule of Law, Lessons from the Pitcairn Prosecutions (ed, 2009), The Regulatory State: Constitutional Implications (ed with T Prosser and R Rawlings, 2010), How Constitutions Change: A Comparative Study (ed with C Fusaro, 2011)
Prof Tony Wright : Wright was educated at Desborough County Primary School, then Kettering Grammar School (now known as the Tresham Institute although the old building has been recently knocked down) on Windmill Avenue in Kettering. Wright was educated at the London School of Economics (gaining a First class honours BSc in Government in 1970), Harvard University (where he was a Kennedy Scholar from 1970-1), and Balliol College, Oxford, gaining a DPhil in 1973.
On 10 May 2010, University College London announced that Wright had been appointed Professor of Government and Public Policy.He joined the Department of Politics at Birkbeck College as a Professorial Fellow on 1 September 2010.
Peter Riddell : Peter John Robert Riddell CBE PC is a British journalist and author. From 1991 to 2010 he was a political commentator for The Times and has been an Assistant Editor since 1991.Prior to this, he was US Editor and Washington Bureau Chief at The Financial Times between 1989 and 1991.
He has been a member of the Hansard Society council since 1996 and was elected Chair in 2007. He is a senior fellow at the Institute for Government.
On 6 July 2010 Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Riddell would be one of three members of an inquiry to determine whether British intelligence officers were complicit in the torture of detainees, including those from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp or subject to rendition flights. Riddell joined the Privy Council to permit easier access to secret information, entitling him to the style The Right Honourable.
Perhaps one of the main members of the Unit as a big money benefactor, of course not without many and long strings attached :
Stephen Rubin : British businessman, Stephen Rubin, has an estimated net worth of £1 billion as of 2011 according to the Sunday Times Rich List. Rubin, a lawyer by trade, is the owner and chairman of Pentland Group plc, a privately held, global brand management company based in the UK, involved in the sports, outdoor and fashion markets. The group owns or has shares in string of high profile labels including Speedo, Ellesse, Berghaus, Boxfresh, Mitre, Red or Dead, Franco Sarto, Radcliffe, Ted Baker Footwear KangaROOS, One True Saxon, Brasher, Clerk & Teller and Gio-Goi.The group is also the worldwide licensee for Lacoste and Ted Baker footwear.
Stephen Rubin has shown a clean pair of heels to his competitors in the sportswear industry to become Britain’s newest billionaire. A graduate of University College London, Rubin took over the Liverpool Shoe Company, the business founded in 1932 by his parents. His coup was to buy a 55.5% stake in the then fledgling Reebok sports shoe group in 1981 for £50,000. A decade later he sold the stake for £400m. Rubin has featured in The Sunday Times Rich List since it was first published in 1989 when his fortune was valued at £134m, making him the 49th richest person in Britain. His son Andy and daughter Carrie are now also involved in running the company.
Eleven years ago Rubin took Pentland private and his decision was fully justified by the 2010 results showing record pre-tax profits of £96.6m on £1.3 billion sales. With its brands highly valued, Pentland and by that token Rubin and his family are now worth £1 billion, nearly double their £570m on the May 2011 Sunday Times rich list valuation. The family would be even richer but for a long history of hefty charitable giving. His billionaire status is set to put Rubin back among the 100 wealthiest people in Britain for the first time in 10 years when the 2012 Rich List is published.
In Profile : Robert Stephen Rubin OBE, FRSA, Constitution Unit
Dafydd Wigley : Controversy erupted in mid-winter 2001 when Seimon Glyn, Gwynedd County Council’s housing committee chairman and Plaid Cymru member, voiced frustration over English immigrants moving into traditionally Welsh speaking communities.
Behavioural Insights Team
In Profile Samuel Julius Gould, and the Hegelian Dialectic
1829 : 9 Principles of law enforcement adopted by British and Commonwealth Constabularies
ittee of 300â€²s Round Table Network, Chatham House
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