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Public to contribute to UK constitution

King College, Cambridge Credit: PA Images

People in Cambridge are being asked to draft a new UK constitution.

It's to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The event is part of a 10-week internet project to give people a direct say on how the country should be run. It takes place at Cambridge University later today.

Human rights lawyer and IPA Director Professor Conor Gearty says the lack of a formal Constitution in the UK is the basis for the crowd sourcing project.

"With the public's help, we have already agreed on a set of values which will underpin a new Constitution. It is crucial that we get the views of ordinary people and not rely on academics or politicians to dominate the debate."

– Conor Gearty