Lord Falconer explores state of British Constitution

Lord Falconer on the steps of the University of Derby Lord Falconer on steps of the University of Derby Lord Falconer delivers public lecture at the University of Derby on the state of the British Constitution following the Scottish Referendum.

Date posted: 20 October 2014

On Thursday 16 October, the Rt Hon Lord Falconer visited the University of Derby's Kedleston Road campus to give a lecture on the British Constitution in the light of Scotland's decision to say no to independence on 18 September.

Lord Falconer was a minister in Tony Blair's government. He was Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor from 2003-2007. He was instrumental in leading and delivering change in a wide range of areas within the UK government, in particularly European relations. He is a Shadow Spokesperson for Constitutional and Deputy Priministerial Issues (Justice), and is currently leading a Bill on Assisted Dying through Parliament.

135 students attended the lecture; arranged by Scott Atkins, the LLB Programme Leader at the University.

Scott said: "Lord Falconer is a highly engaging speaker. During the lecture he discussed the outcome of the referendum in relation to the British Constitution. His lecture was very insightful and stimulated a lot of debate amongst the audience."

Natasha Egar, a student who attended the talk added: "I thought the talk was well explained for those who didn't know as much as others in the area. I was especially interested in the new bill that he has proposed in parliament."

Linda Brown, a second year Law student said: "I really enjoyed the lecture. It was an honour to hear from someone so prestigious, and it shed light on an extremely important issue. Lord Falconer gave a detailed analysis of what could happen if Scotland were to separate from the rest of the UK."

The lecture builds on the number of links being developed by the University and senior members of the legal profession as it comes just months after a talk given by retired Lord Justice of Appeal, Sir John Mummery. Sir John, who heard cases in the Court of Appeal for 20 years, will return next year to judge 'The Trial', an exciting project run by Law students, and to open the new courtroom at the University, which has been constructed over the summer.

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