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.
"an educative process supported
'to promote action in favour of democratically accountable
Regional Government for the official government region of the
We will engage with members of the public,
local communities, business, voluntary organisations, the media,
local and central government.
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,
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.
"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.
Legal Status &
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
For 2 years
Phil Davis, Colin Beardwood, Paul Tilsey, John Cooper, Felicity
Norman and John Cooper for 2 years.
Phil Davis is Chairman.
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
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
The priorities for the Convention in 2003/4 are:
- to make our views on devolution clear by means of our in
- 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
- ·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
- 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 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
If you wish to be consulted about WMCC proposals please contact
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 English regions are also active
in considering regional democracy. We give links to their web
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
Campaign for Yorkshire
PO Box 1922,
Yorkshire and the Humber, S11 7UQ.
Tel: 0114 235 6295.
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.
North West Constitutional Convention
North West Assembly
Coops Building, 11 Dorning Street,
Wigan WN1 1HR.
Tel: 01942 737 916
South West Constitutional
84 Cranbrook Road, Bristol, BS6
7DB. Tel: 0117 924 5139
West Midlands Constitutional
C/o Phil Davis,
Tel: 0121 236 0158
Mobile: 07747 604446