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11 March, 2008

Lord Goldsmith discusses citizenship review findings

Lord Goldsmith QC discussed the findings from his independent review of citizenship at the Citizenship Foundation's annual Hooper Lecture this evening.

The Citizenship Review was launched in October 2007 at the request of the Prime Minister. It sought to identify ways of enhancing the significance of citizenship as our common bond.

Lord Goldsmith has had discussions with a wide range of organisations and individuals over the last six months and commissioned a substantial body of new research.

The terms of reference for the Review have been to:

  • clarify the legal rights and responsibilities associated with British citizenship, in addition to those enjoyed under the Human Rights Act, as a basis for defining what it means to be a citizen in Britain's open democratic society;
  • articulate the difference between the different categories of British nationality;
  • examine the relationship between residence, citizenship and British national status and the incentives for long-term residents to become British citizens;
  • explore the role of citizens and residents in civic society, including voting, jury service and other forms of civic participation; and make proposals about the role of citizenship education.

The Hooper Lecture itself was established in 2005 in honour of Lord Justice Tony Hooper. It addresses key themes in citizenship, education and the law. Previous lectures have been given by Cherie Booth QC and Shami Chakrabati.

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