Select Committees Parliamentary Launch

Following The Constitution Society’s successful Parliamentary launch event held on the 13th June we are pleased to be able to share videos of the key speakers. The large audience was made up of MPs, Peers, clerks, academics and journalists and the event was chaired by Nat Le Roux, Director of The Constitution Society. Questions following the panel speeches were ‘off the record’ and so are not recorded. 

Richard Gordon QC is an eminent constitutional lawyer and Co-Author of the report ‘Select Committees and Coercive Powers – Clarity or Confusion?’ He makes the opening speech, introduces the report and gives a short overview of the key issues raised by it.


Amy Street, also a lawyer and second Co-Author of the report, argues that there is a need for more clarity when it comes to Select Committee Powers.


Bernard Jenkin MP is Chair of the Public Administration Select Committee and consequently is a member of the Liaison Committee. He is playing a major role in the Liaison Committees inquiry into ‘select committee powers and effectiveness’.


Andrew Kennon is the last of the speakers and Clerk of Committees. He gives an insiders view of the issues highlighted by the report and their impact on the day-to-day running of a select committee.