Purvis presses case for constitutional convention

Scottish Liberal Democrat peer Jeremy Purvis today pressed the case for a constitutional convention to pave the way for UK-wide constitutional reform.

Speaking after raising the issue in the House of Lords, Lord Purvis called on politicians on all sides to move beyond partisanship and piecemeal reform following recent disputes over English Votes for English Laws and the role of the House of Lords.

Speaking after question time in the Lords, Jeremy Purvis said:

“In the past three weeks alone there have been controversial debates on English votes for English laws, the role and size of the House of Lords, electoral registration and boundaries and the SNP dismissing constitutional amendments to the Scotland Bill before they are even published. It is now clear beyond doubt that each cannot be considered in isolation and we need to move beyond partisan, piecemeal ad hoc-ery, from whatever quarter.

“The case for a wider convention on the future of the constitution is growing and it’s time that citizens are in the driving seat rather than passengers. A Constitutional Convention Bill is currently with Parliament and the government should offer support and bring people together for the longer term benefit of the whole United Kingdom."

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