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Governance expert to lead national conversation on Wales’ future

20 October 2021

Professor Laura McAllister outside café

A Professor of Public Policy and the Governance of Wales from Cardiff University will co-chair an independent Constitutional Commission on Wales’ future.

Professor Laura McAllister joins former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams to examine the nation’s relationship with the rest of the UK, including the issue of Welsh independence.

The co-chairs will lead the Commission in making recommendations on how Wales’ constitutional settlement can best improve outcomes for the people of Wales and engage the public in a national conversation.

Set up by the Welsh Government, the independent Commission will develop options for fundamental reform of the constitutional structures of the UK in which Wales remains an integral part, and will also consider all progressive options to strengthen Welsh democracy.

Professor McAllister, who is based at the Wales Governance Centre in Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics, said: “Serious contributions to our constitutional debate are greatly needed and I’m looking forward to our work contributing to filling that space...”

“We’ll think boldly and radically about all potential options for the future of Wales, in the context of the increasing pressure on the Union.”

Professor Laura McAllister Professor of Public Policy
Professor Laura McAllister and Dr Rowan Williams sat outside café

Dr Williams, who was made an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University in 2002, added: “This Commission's job is to ask what structures and constitutional provisions will best release the potential of Welsh communities and Welsh people...”

“We want to make sure that the governance of Wales is effective, accountable and imaginative, and look forward to hearing what hopes and visions are animating people around the country.”

Dr Rowan Williams Former Archbishop of Canterbury and Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University

The establishment of an independent commission to consider the constitutional future of Wales was a commitment in the Welsh Government’s Programme for Government.

Following the appointment of the co-chairs, the remaining members will be confirmed next month. Its first meeting is also expected to be held in November.

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