In brief: Constitutional think tank kicks off

A new cross-party think tank was launched last week to focus on proposed constitutional reform. The Constitution Unit is pooling the knowledge of lawyers, academics, civil servants and parliamentary experts to scrutinise any reforms and to make sure they are workable. Funded by the Nuffield Foundation and other trusts and based in the law department of University College London, the unit is to be headed by former Nuffield director Robert Hazell. Members of its advisory committee include Lord Lester QC and barrister Janet Lewis-Jones.