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Warwick researcher warns constitutional change could have unforeseeable outcomes

John McEldowneyA researcher from the University of Warwick is to warn about the potentially “unforeseeable outcomes” of constitutional change under the current Conservative government at a conference in Coventry.

Professor John McEldowney will address delegates at Coventry Cathedral tomorrow (Tuesday 23 June) during a day-long event being held to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

He is one of five speakers on the panel for ‘The Allure of Magna Carta: Freedom, Democracy and Reconciliation’, alongside three other academics and Chris Bryant MP.

Prof McEldowney will ask whether lessons can be learnt from Magna Carta as the debate continues over proposals for a British Bill of Rights in place of the Human Rights Act.

He will also discuss the implications of the in/out EU referendum and the potential for home rule through increased powers to Scotland and possible Wales and Northern Ireland.

Prof McEldowney said: “The UK’s unwritten constitution is in a state of flux. There is potential for instability and an air of uncertainty as well as little direction to chart our constitutional future.

“This has a resonance with the period of Magna Carta,” he added, “where the future depended on finely balanced decisions, often with unforeseeable outcomes.”

Tickets for The Allure of Magna Carta: Freedom, Democracy and Reconciliation cost £25 for adults and £15 for students and include lunch. They can be purchased online.

Notes to Editors:

Issued by Lee Page, Communications Manager at The University of Warwick. Tel: +44 (0)2476 574 255. Mob: +44 (0)7920 531 221. Email:

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Lee Page

Communications Manager, University of Warwick

Tel: +44 (0)2476 574 255

Mob: +44 (0)7920 531 221