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2014 Scottish independence referendum Ed Miliband

Proposes constitutional convention

19 Sep, 2014

Miliband calls for a constitutional convention as a form of semi-representative assembly between MPs, councillors and the public, beginning before the next election, to create dialogue about how power is dispersed in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and England. Regions will produce reports outlining recommendations on issues such as how sub-national devolution can be strengthened, regions given more of a voice in the political system, and how to promote regional and national culture and identity. It would be followed in autumn 2015 with a constitutional convention to determine the UK-wide implications of devolution and bring the recommendations together, to be later debated by Parliament. On the referendum and Cameron’s promise of more devolution of government to the Scottish parliament:

We need a response that matches the scale of this moment. That starts with delivering on our promise of further powers to Scotland. But other people in Britain, including England, now deserve the chance to shape their own futures with a dynamic devolution settlement. This must not be led just by a Westminster elite but be open to every citizen so that they can have their say.