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The University of Southampton
Centre for English Identity and Politics

Understanding the links between national identity and political behaviours 

Over the past 20 years, the main national identities of England – English and British – have developed a new political salience that was evident in the EU referendum, recent General Elections and attitudes towards governance of England, the union and the EU. The Centre for English Identity and Politics was established by Prof John Denham, a former Labour Cabinet Minister and MP for Southampton Itchen, to seek greater understanding of the evolution of these contemporary national identities and their political meanings. It encourages discussion of the local and national governance of England and of the relationship between England and the union.

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