Jack Sheldon

Bennett Institute for Public Policy
Research Assistant, 'Between Two Unions - The Constitutional Future of the Islands after Brexit'

Biography

Jack Sheldon is a Research Assistant at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy working with Professor Michael Kenny on the ESRC funded project ‘Between Two Unions: The Constitutional Future of the Islands after Brexit’.

Prior to joining the University of Cambridge in January 2016, Jack was a Research Assistant at the Constitution Unit, University College London. At the Constitution Unit he co-authored a report on Options for an English Parliament and was editor of the Constitution Unit blog and newsletter.

Jack holds an MA in Politics and Contemporary History from King’s College London and a BA in Politics from Queen Mary, University of London. In October 2018 he will begin a PhD at Cambridge, funded by the ESRC. His doctoral research will focus on the impact changes to the UK’s territorial constitution have had on the roles performed by MPs at Westminster.

Posts by this author

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Why have the UK's governments diverged on easing lockdown?

Jack Sheldon and Michael Kenny consider why Boris Johnson’s televised address on a phased approach to easing lockdown has sparked public disagreements with the devolved governments, and the implications these differences might have for future relations between the governments of the UK.  
COVID-19 paper

Territorial governance and the coronavirus crisis

Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon, University of Cambridge, discuss the seemingly co-ordinated approach from governments throughout the UK in response to the coronavirus, but all may not be as harmonious as it seems.
Red and blue lights

The scrutiny challenge posed by common frameworks

There remains many outstanding questions about the domestic post-Brexit arrangements among UK devolved institutions, but, as Jack Sheldon, University of Cambridge, states, UK parliaments across the UK will need to be pro-active if they want to have input in this process. How could the institutions do this?
House of Commons

What does the election result mean for territorial representation in the House of Commons?

The distribution of MPs is not even across the UK, this could have a significant impact on how the House of Commons handles key matters related to Brexit and the union, argues Jack Sheldon, the Bennett Institute of Public Policy.
Boris Johnson

How can Boris Johnson keep the UK together?

Boris Johnson used his victory speech to restate his intention to lead a 'one nation' government. But he made no direct reference to either Scotland or Northern Ireland, where the 'one nation' idea is under most obvious threat. Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon, Bennett Institute for Public Policy, consider whether Boris Johnson is likely to be the last Prime Minister of a United Kingdom.
Yes No

The next parliament will face big dilemmas on Scottish independence

With the Scottish government focused on securing an independence referendum in 2020, the next UK parliament is set to face difficult dilemmas on how to deal with the matter. Jack Sheldon's blog for LSE, explains why the current position of the parties involved, and the trajectory of party support in different parts of the UK, mean that there is a real risk to stumbling towards another major crisis in the UK's territorial constitution.