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Britain and Europe. Past. Present. Future? - London, 18th July 2013

How much legislation comes from Brussels and how much from Westminster? Different people give different answers.

What is the relationship between the British constitution and the EU legal framework?  

By looking at the past and the present can we understand what Britain's future can be in the European context?

The Constitution Society and the European Parliament information office in London will address these questions and more with a panel of high profile speakers at the next event in the Young People and the Constitution series which was opened in May by The Speaker, John Bercow MP at Europe House.

The event is intended for students, young people and academics, but we welcome anyone who is interested.

Time 18.30-20.00 followed by networking session
Venue Europe House, London

This event was fully booked.

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Speakers

Since becoming an MEP in 2000 Mary has taken a special interest in women's issues, and acts as the Labour spokesperson for women's rights and gender equality.  She has been a member of the Culture and Education Committee since 2009 and contributed to securing important advances, including measures to tackle child safety online and steps to broaden employment and learning opportunities for Europe's youth.

Mary has a long track record in London politics and prior to becoming an MEP she worked in the charity and non-governmental sector.

Bill Cash MP

In May 1984, Bill Cash was elected as MP for Stafford where he remained until he was elected to the newly created constituency of Stone in 1997, being re-elected in 2001 and 2005. He was Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs between 2001 to 2003.

The leader of the Maastricht Rebellion during the 1990s, Bill was voted Parliamentary Campaigner of the Year for 1991. He is currently a member of the European Scrutiny Committee and Chairman and founder of the European Foundation think tank.

Dr Andrew Blick

Dr Blick is Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History at King's College London. He was formerly Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies in ICBH, and Senior Research Fellow at the Democratic Audit, University of Liverpool. He has acted as a consultant on constitutional issues for organisations including the United Nations Development Programme and the UK National Audit Office; and undertaken research projects for the Rowntree trusts; Carnegie UK; the German Marshall Fund; and the Madison Trust.

Baroness Ludford was elected to the European Parliament as MEP for London in 1999, prior to which she was a councillor in Islington for 8 years. An LSE graduate in international history, she also has a master's degree in European studies and is qualified as a barrister.

Her career, which started in Whitehall, has included substantial stints in Brussels working for the European Commission, in the City (European adviser at Lloyd's of London and vice-president, Corporate External Affairs at American Express Europe) and as a European consultant.