About us

Updated contact details April 08:

West Midlands Constitutional Convention
C/o Phil Davis,
Tel: 0121 236 0158
Mobile: 07747 604446
pdavis01@tiscali.co.uk 

Please note some of the information below needs updating

Aims & definitions | Other regions
The West Midlands Constitutional Convention is an entirely new cross-political organisation that brings together (irrespective of race, creed and social status) individuals, groups associations, political parties and companies wishing to debate, examine and express views on the possibilities for democratically accountable regional government for the West Midlands.

 Aims

"an educative process supported by research"

'to promote action in favour of democratically accountable Regional Government for the official government region of the West Midlands'.

We will engage with members of the public, local communities, business, voluntary organisations, the media, local and central government.

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Definitions

"by West Midlands we mean the official government region of that name"

We use the term West Midlands to refer to the official Government region of that name. This comprises: Herefordshire, Shropshire (including Telford and Wrekin), Staffordshire (including Stoke-on-Trent), Warwickshire (including Coventry), Worcestershire, the Metropolitan areas of Birmingham, Coventry,


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Membership

Full membership of the company is open to any individual or organisation, which supports our aims. Others who do not necessarily support this aim, but wish to be kept informed and to participate in Convention meetings can seek to become associate members.

Please encourage your colleagues and friends to seek membership. We need as much support as we can get and particularly members who are able and willing to act as local
Contacts and organisers.

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Origins

"the idea grew from the discussions of people from a wide range of organisations and interests"

We draw on the support and advice of individuals from a wide range of organisations and interests across the West Midlands who have worked together as a Stakeholder Group since 1998. It is from the discussions of this group that support for the establishment of the West Midlands Constitutional Convention (WMCC) was agreed as an appropriate means to encourage and facilitate debate about the governance of the West Midlands.

The Stakeholder Group includes individuals who are members of the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green Parties; West Midlands members of Parliament and the European Parliament; members of Local Authorities, Trade Unions, Churches, Voluntary and Community Organisations.

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Legal Status &
Directors

WMCC was launched in July 2001 as an unconstituted club led by a steering group of volunteers drawn from stakeholder group. In May 2002 WMCC (2002) Ltd was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee. The present Directors are:

For 1 year (from Autumn 2003)
Sue Davis, Les Lawrence, William Lawrence, John Mawson and Sam Margrave.

For 2 years
Phil Davis, Colin Beardwood, Paul Tilsey, John Cooper, Felicity Norman and John Cooper for 2 years.

Phil Davis is Chairman.

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Prospectus for a Devolution Settlement

We are now formulating proposals for a devolution settlement for the West Midlands. A draft devolution prospectus was agreed by a meeting of supporters on the 5th July. This prospectus will be published in the autmn when we will seek views from regional instututions.

We propose a radical change in the way the West Midlands is Governed as a means of democratising growing regionalisation and more effective way of delivering what the Region needs in terms of sustainable development, employment, investment. The package will contribute to building a new more vibrant and inclusive politics in which all parts of the region and all the region's population would have a part to play. Central to the new approach will be a greater emphasis on bringing decision making and economic activity to the local level. It is much mor than just establishing an elected Regional Assembly although such a move is seen to be central to shifting power from Westminster and Whitehall.

We have contributed significantly to getting devolution onto the agenda of regional institutions; research to inform debate is now available; there is evidence that the public, in particular, are prepared to contemplate radical change in the way the region is governed.

The priorities for the Convention in 2003/4 are:

  • to make our views on devolution clear by means of our in our Prospectus
  • to seek views of existing institutions and the public.
  • to publish and promote our proposals

In addition we will:

  • Track the continuing development of constitutional change and devolution in the UK
  • Produce further research about the regions existing governance and how it matches up with regional and local needs and aspiration
  • Test public attitudes and opinion about the governance of the region.
  • ·Finalising Our Region-Our Choice Making a Difference Report by end of May 2004.
  • Influencing the content of the legislation about the powers and constitution of elected Regional Assemblies due for publication in draft in Jun/July in advance of the referendums in the three northern regions.
  • Establishing Campaign for a Referendum in 2006 about establishing an elected Regional Assembly

At the 2003 AGM it was agreed that we will seek the views of business, voluntary sector, local government in particular how any concerns might be resolved relating to their involvement in a directly elected Regional Assembly. Matters to be considered further in advance of finalising the final proposals include-

  • The continuing expansion of GOWM and AWM responsibilities for the regionalisation of Central Government functions.
  • The status and relations of Local Government and Strategic Policy Partnerships to a directly elected Regional Assembly
  • Strong local government at the Town and Parish level across the region.
  • The number of elected members of the Regional Assembly.
  • Ways of increasing the involvement in policymaking of non elected members drawn from existing and other regional interest groups.

If you wish to be consulted about WMCC proposals please contact Debbie Hudson

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Find out more 

You can download the following documents which will give you a much more detailed account of our work:

Progress Report (August 2001) - available in .doc and .pdf format

Briefing (June 2001) - available in .doc and .pdf format

Research Proposal (June 2001) - available in .doc and .pdf format

 Other Regions
National campaign

Other English regions are also active in considering regional democracy. We give links to their web sites below.

Nationally this effort is co-ordinated by the Campaign for the English Regions (CFER) to which WMCC is affiliated. George Morran,WMCC Project Director is currently Chair of CFER.

You can contact CFER at:

140-150 Pilgrim St
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6TH.
Tel: 0191 245 0825
e-mail:
info@cfer.org.uk
http://www.cfer.org.uk

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Regional organisations

Campaign for Yorkshire

PO Box 1922,
Sheffield,
Yorkshire and the Humber, S11 7UQ.
Tel: 0114 235 6295.
e-mail:info@cfy.org.uk
web: www.cfy.org.uk

North East Constitutional Convention

140-150 Pilgrim St
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6TH.
Tel: 0191 245 0825

Campaign for a North-east Assembly

37 Kingsley Place, Heaton,
Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5AN
Tel: 0191 265 8158.
e-mail brianhall2@hotmail.com

North West Constitutional Convention

North West Assembly House,
Coops Building, 11 Dorning Street,
Wigan WN1 1HR.
Tel: 01942 737 916

South West Constitutional Convention

84 Cranbrook Road, Bristol, BS6 7DB. Tel: 0117 924 5139
e-mail:marysouthcott@hotmail.com
web: www.south-west.org.uk

West Midlands Constitutional Convention
C/o Phil Davis,
Tel: 0121 236 0158
Mobile: 07747 604446
pdavis01@tiscali.co.uk