May the 6th will be an enormous moment in the constitutional future and tensions within the UK. There will be devolved elections in Scotland and Wales as well as Mayoral elections across many of England’s great cities. Covid has reinforced the powers of local leaders. But it has also exacerbated some of the tensions between London and Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. And recent high profile disagreements between the UK government and the Mayors of Manchester and London have added further friction.
Chloe Smith is the UK Minister for the Constitution and is one of the country’s most experienced ministers having served in six different ministerial roles in little over a decade in parliament. These include serving in important roles in the Cabinet Office, Northern Ireland Office and the Treasury. Chloe’s current role means that she is at the centre of decisions on the future shape of the union of the United Kingdom.
Chloe is also the MP for Norwich North and before entering Parliament, she worked for international consultancy firm Deloitte advising private businesses.