Incoming H&P Director Dr Andrew Blick, of the Institute of Contemporary British History, King's College London, has been appointed the expert adviser to a new panel on devolution and the constitutional future of the UK. The panel, under the chairmanship of Lord Kerslake, former Head of the Home Civil Service, was set up by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Reform, Decentralisation and Devolution in the UK. It will submit a final report to the Minister for Constitutional Affairs and to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
In the last Parliament, Dr Blick co-authored, with Lord Purvis of Tweed, the paper, 'A Parliament for Reform 2015-2020', which provides the framework for the panel inquiry.
Dr Blick said:
The UK faces serious constitutional challenges. They are unlikely to go away simply by being ignored. I am therefore delighted to be able to assist this important and distinguished panel, in particular through ensuring that an historical perspective is brought to its work.
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