Modernised Magna Carta bill of rights city bid

MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, David Morris.
MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, David Morris.

A study into a new Magna Carta could be put on display in the Lancaster and Morecambe district.

David Morris, MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, said he wants to hand Lancaster City Council a rare document which asks whether the 799-year-old Magna Carta should be brought up-to-date.

Mr Morris has been working on a four-year investigation with Oxford University into whether the Magna Carta should be modernised.

As vice-chairman of a constitutional reform committee, he has been involved in ‘A New Magna Carta?’ – a telephone directory-sized document which sets out the arguments for and against a new written constitution or ‘bill of rights’ for the UK. Graham Allen, a Labour MP, is chairman.

Mr Morris said: “I am passionate about having a written constitution to protect us from the EU superstate.

“My personal view is that we should protect our laws and rights and maintain our trade with the EU as the original common market was designed to do.

“This is a very influential and powerful document as if implemented it would protect the people of the UK against introductions of further European laws.

“There are only 300 copies available and I intend to present one to Mark Cullinan, chief executive of Lancaster City Council.”

Next year marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215 at Runnymede near Windsor.

It was imposed on King John to limit his powers and protect his subjects’ rights.