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Gordon’s go

Tony Blair's departure leaves much constitutional business unresolved. It's up to Gordon Brown to finish the job

By Robert Hazell   June 2007

Britain is poised for a second big wave of constitutional reform. Tony Blair never really believed in it, but despite his minimalism, the first wave of reforms (devolution, the Human Rights Act, Lords reform stage one) has transformed Britain’s constitutional landscape and built up momentum for the second. Gordon Brown, by contrast, is a strong believer in constitutional reform. He has kept it quiet for ten years, but in the opening speech of his leadership campaign he committed himself in general terms to a new programme of reform, starting with parliament. In the same week, his campaign manager Jack Straw…

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