Blogs

19 May 2015

With devolution comes democracy

City devolution is back on the table. Chancellor George Osborne announced last week that plans to hand over powers on housing, transport, planning and policing will be in the government’s first Queen’s Speech. It is, on the whole, positive news. Giving power to local people, when it’s done right, brings democracy closer to home – it’s empowering and can make for better decision-making, less […]
18 May 2015

477,000 people...and five parties

There aren’t many issues which bring together UKIP and the Green Party, or the Liberal Democrats and the SNP. But there is one which does - the need for a fair voting system. That’s why figures from all these parties and Plaid Cymru came together today outside Parliament to highlight the need for electoral reform – before handing in to 10 Downing Street a petition totalling nearly half a million […]
14 May 2015

More women in Westminster

Back in early March, we launched our report ‘ Women in Westminster ’. In it, we predicted the number of female MPs who’d be elected, based on the percentage of female candidates parties were putting forward in winnable seats and their likelihood of being elected. We guessed that 192 women would enter Parliament. The result? There are now 191 female MPs – an accuracy rate of over 99%! That’s […]
11 May 2015

Nail in the Coffin

Well, it’s all over. All the months of campaigning have resulted in an election outcome which few predicted. It was a good night for the bookies, and a bad night for the pollsters – but it was an even worse night for our broken voting system. Because one thing is clear: Thursday was the nail in the coffin for First Past the Post. Our analysis has shown something that will come as little surprise […]
7 May 2015

Share the power

From the look of recent press coverage, you’d think parties sharing power was the end of the world. We’ve seen endless scare stories about parties being ‘held to ransom’ by others. The idea of another hung parliament has clearly got commentators worried. But actually, the public are far more open to parties working together than people think. Our new poll, released today , shows that when faced […]
6 May 2015

So who gets to be Prime Minister?

In 2011 the Fixed Term Parliaments Act was passed. Setting aside its merits or demerits, the politics behind its introduction and the decision to fix the terms at five years, it is a piece of legislation whose true impact will only be known after May 7th and analysis of which indicates some disagreement as to its effect. What complicates this short piece of legislation still further is that it […]
5 May 2015

We're on a roll

With less than two days to go before the election, the spotlight is well and truly on our out-dated First Past the Post electoral system - and not without reason. Last week the Electoral Reform Society released our poll which showed huge public support for fair votes, with three quarters of the public backing the principle of proportional voting. Today, the Independent leads with a front page […]
5 May 2015

A personal history of First Past the Post 1950 – 2010

This blog is a guest piece by one of our members, Alan Errock. I’m now 86 and have voted in election after election, but my vote has seldom counted towards the result. Here is my history of a life under First Past the Post. I was 21 years old (the voting age at the time) in March 1950 and was living in my parents ' home in Nottinghamshire at that time. I completed a degree in Physics with […]
1 May 2015

Election Cancelled

There has been a shocking increase in the number of uncontested seats in some English councils up for election this May. The Eden District Council in Cumbria has already declared 21 of its 38 available seats, meaning that a clear majority of the council (55%) has been returned before the election has even taken place. This is up from 50% of seats in 2011. Similarly, in South Northamptonshire in […]
29 Apr 2015

What’s happening in Scotland?

If the polls are to be believed, next Thursday Scotland will vote to send more SNP MPs to the House of Commons than ever before. Why is what used to be a stable voting pattern seeing such a massive change? Since devolution, or rather since 2003 when they got to grips with voting in the devolved election, Scottish voters have behaved differently when voting for Westminster than for Holyrood. […]