Meg Russell been based at the Constitution Unit, University College London, since August 1998. She began as a Senior Research Fellow, and became Deputy Director in 2008. She is largely responsible for the Unit's research work on parliament. She is particularly known for her work on comparative bicameralism and the British House of Lords, but has also researched various aspects of the House of Commons and Commons reform. In the past she has also written on political party organisation, candidate selection and women's representation in politics.
Beyond academia, Meg has served as a consultant to the Royal Commission on Reform of the House of Lords and, from 2001-2003, was seconded as a full time adviser to Robin Cook in his role as Leader of the House of Commons. She was an adviser to the Arbuthnott Commission on boundaries and voting systems in Scotland, the House of Lords Appointments Commission and the Select Committee on Reform of the House of Commons (the "Wright Committee"). She has frequently given evidence to parliamentary committees, both in Britain and overseas.
This post has an eye-catching title, but it isn’t a joke – my question is deadly serious. David Cameron’s recent appointment of 45 new peers to the House of Lords has attracted predictable wails of outrage – from the media, from opposition parties, and indeed from myself. His Lords appointments in t... Read more
How can Scotland become a wealthier and fairer (and also healthier, safer, stronger, smarter and greener) country using the powers now devolved to the Scottish Parliament. Michael Keating outlines his most recent book, a collection of essays by CCC fellows on the political economy of constitutional change.
In this blog Professor Tierney argues that the legality of a unilateral referendum organised by the Scottish Parliament is a grey area. He also offers personal reflections from his experience as a parliamentary adviser at the time of the 2014 referendum and contends that a referendum held without an agreed process would have been damaging then and would be damaging now. It is incumbent upon both governments to ensure that a political solution to the current dispute is achieved and that, in particular, such a divisive issue is not left to the courts to settle.