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About the Project

ConstitutionUK was a two year public engagement project initiated by the Institute of Public Affairs. The project was designed to crowdsource a new written, codified constitution for the UK. The UK currently has an uncodified constitution. To coincide with the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta in June 2015, we gave the public the opportunity to have their say on what should be in a modern day UK constitution. This project was not driven by party political interests, nor was it a project for academics. This was a project for people from all walks of life, from across the United Kingdom. 

Methods

The project was broken into two phases.

Phase I of the project was launched in October 2013 with a live event at LSE focusing on the values that ought to underpin a new constitution. Participants included David Blunkett MP, Richard Gordon QC, Carol Harlow, Emeritus Professor of law at LSE, Dr Lea Ypi, Lecturer in Political Theory, LSE. The launch was followed by a series of live events including an event in Derby where we heard what single mothers had to say about human security and students in Strathclyde where we asked them about equality of esteem. The public were invited to send us their ideas and contribute to the ConstitutionUK blog. Phase I ended in June 2014 with a Constitutional Carnival held at LSE. 

Phase II of the project launched in January 2015 with an event at LSE centring on our crowdsourcing platform, www.constitutionuk.com. On the online platform we asked the public to give us their ideas, comments and votes on what should be included in a new constitution for the UK.  The website remained live for a number of months. A community of over 1,500 people joined the debate. Hundreds of interesting, important and innovative suggestions were made about what might be included in a new constitution. We also ran a number of live regional events in venues such as Cambridge, Nottingham, Liverpool and Portsmouth. 

Results

The leading contributors to the online community were invited to a Constitutional Convention at LSE in April 2015.  After a successful convention a draft constitution was put together using all the crowdsourced data that received a positive vote on the platform.  The final version of the constitution is available to read here 

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