Purvis to chair first meeting of new constitutional reform group

Lib Dem peer and former MSP, Jeremy Purvis, will tomorrow co-chair the first meeting of the new All Party Parliamentary Group on Reform, Decentralisation, and Devolution in the United Kingdom

The cross party group has been established with fellow co-chair and Labour peer Lord Foulkes.

Co-Chair of the All-Party Group, Lord Purvis said:

“The very existence of the United Kingdom is being tested this year with the Scottish referendum. The new All Party Group is designed to create the space in Parliament where we can discuss, debate and decide the future shape of the UK. I am really delighted that our first meeting has such significant figures taking part. It shows both the seriousness of the issue and the opportunities ahead for us.”

The first public meeting brings together Sir Menzies Campbell MP and Shadow Scottish Secretary, Margaret Curran MP, former leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Lord Bourne, and other prominent figures in the debate on UK governance. Widely respected historian professor Lord Hennessy has accepted Jeremy’s invitation to chair the panel discussions of the figures from each party to discuss the future of the UK.

Jeremy added:

“Scottish Liberal Democrats under Willie Rennie’s leadership have been central in the debate on further strengthening the Scottish Parliament in the event of a No vote. The group I am co-chairing will be taking forward the wider cross party discussions on the way forward both for Scotland but also the whole of the UK. It will specifically be considering reform to the Westminster institutions and how the relationships between the nations, and governance within England can be improved."

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