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Feb 2015
tv debates (2)
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David Cameron and Nick Clegg were in Wales this morning, announcing further powers to be devolved to the Assembly.   The UK Government is proposing to devolve control over elections to the National Assembly which would see AMs handed power to:   Change the voting system for Assembly and local elections Introduce votes at 16 for Assembly […]
25
Feb 2015
Manchester Town Hall
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The ERS has long campaigned for devolution to the local level, but the Society also campaigns for proportional representation at a local level. Here ERS Deputy Chief Executive Darren Hughes outlines why they should go hand in hand.   Sign our petition for a fairer local voting system   The decision by the government to […]
23
Feb 2015
tv debates
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Today saw the broadcasters agree – by lot – who would host each of the three upcoming televised General Election debates. It’s a welcome development in what has been a fairly chaotic few months for them, as they seek agreement on who will be on the platform, when to host them, who will moderate them, […]
19
Feb 2015
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The public are sick to death of party funding scandals. Over the last two weeks we have been exposed to yet more findings about the suspect dealings of party donors. It brings our democracy into disrepute, and we have to do something about it.   Today the ERS publishes a report (called Deal or No […]
16
Feb 2015
NOTA
This is a guest post by ERS member and NOTA UK researcher Rohin Vadera. The views, opinions and positions expressed within are those of the author alone and do not necessarily represent those of the Electoral Reform Society.   The possibility of getting ‘None of the Above’ (NOTA) on the ballot is now changing from […]
13
Feb 2015
Lovely cash
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Party financing scandals are in the news again – this time over parties’ links to allegedly tax-avoiding party donors.   Such scandals rarely surprise these days, but the impact can only be to further reduce people’s trust in democracy and the party system. And it’s already very low.   Instead of pushing to tackle the dire […]
12
Feb 2015
lords
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Earlier this week the UCL’s Constitution Unit released a new report titled Enough is Enough, outlining the ludicrous situation of Lords appointments.   The House of Lords is now the second largest chamber on the planet, only beaten by the Chinese National People’s Congress. All in all, 846 people are eligible to sit in the […]
11
Feb 2015
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Our second article in the Merger He Wrote series is from guest writer Steve Reed.  Steve is Labour MP for Croydon North, UK Shadow Minister for Crime Prevention, and Hon. President of the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network.  He was Leader of Lambeth Council 2006-12.   There are 24 councils in the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network right […]
09
Feb 2015
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At every election, it seems, we are told that the poll is ‘historic’, that it is the ‘most important in a generation’ because the country is ‘at the crossroads’.   What makes 2015 a contender for these titles is that our electoral system seems to be collapsing before our eyes. In a new report for the […]
05
Feb 2015
polling station blog
Our intrepid Scotland Campaigns and Research Officer Juliet Swann outlines what the new Individual Electoral Registration system means for you.   Last year a law was passed that changed how we register to vote in the UK. We used to allow the ‘head of household’ to register (or not register) everyone at that address. We […]