The first panel from our 2022 conference, The State of the Constitution.
The Johnson premiership has sparked numerous concerns about constitutional standards – from respect for checks and balances and the rule of law, to standards of behaviour among ministers, officials, and parliamentarians. A major review by the Committee on Standards in Public Life in 2021 proposed significant change. These debates take place within a wider framework of concern about ‘democratic backsliding’. How can constitutional and democratic standards best be upheld, and norms of good behaviour be maintained?
Sir Jeremy Wright QC MP – Conservative MP for Kenilworth and Southam, and member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life
Professor Elizabeth David-Barrett – Director of the Centre for the Study of Corruption, University of Sussex
Sir Peter Riddell – former Commissioner for Public Appointments and Honorary Professor at UCL
Professor Petra Schleiter – Joint Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford
Chair: Professor Meg Russell FBA – Director of the Constitution Unit, UCL