English devolution cannot be just another line in a Labour manifesto. It has radical implications for the whole way Labour approaches politics and government. Originally written for the Fabian Review, Summer 2021.

Numerous think-tank reports have identified England’s hyper-centralisation as the root cause of regional inequality, uneven growth and deprivation…

John Denham

Although much progress has been made, English identity has lagged behind the inclusivity of Britishness. As a national identity, rather than a community identity, Englishness must be open to everyone making their lives in England. There are real dangers if we make progress too slowly. Sport has had…

Forget Hartlepool’s Labour history. By one key measure it was one of the most difficult seats for Labour to win. Hartlepool is not just in England but is a town that has more voters who say they are ‘more English than British’ than most others. …

Prof Michael Keating’s new book State and Nation in the United Kingdom was published on 9th April. I was invited to make some remarks at a pre-publication discussion at the PSA’s annual conference in March 2021. I focussed on what Michael describes as the ‘loss of the polyvalent union’.

I…

How the people of England view England, Britain and the union

This is the 21st St George’s Day since devolution left England as the only part of the United Kingdom with no national democracy. With the union at the centre of public debate once again it’s a good time to…

John Denham

Director of the Centre for English Identity and Politics at Southampton University. Former Labour MP and Minister. Director of the Southern Policy Centre

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