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18
Dec 2014
TP for blog 2
The traditional political parties are in big trouble. Back in the 1950s, one person in every ten was a member of a political party. Now, there are more people who identify their religion as ‘Jedi’ than there are members of the Conservative party, and almost the same number of Labour members.   The era of […]
16
Dec 2014
St George flag for blog
Today the Government presented a shopping list of solutions to the so-called West Lothian or English Question. The fact it is a shopping list demonstrates that even within the coalition they cannot agree on which solution is best.   But that’s not surprising – the chances of cross-party agreement on such a partisan issue are never going […]
12
Dec 2014
petition hand-in blog feature
We were really pleased to join forces with Unlock Democracy yesterday and hand in our petition to the Prime Minister calling for a Constitutional Convention. It was signed by over 15,000 people, as well as a wide range of academics and civil society organisations.   The petition, which comes in advance of the Government’s expected […]
05
Dec 2014
hague
Last month we joined forces with 27 other democracy experts and civil society organisations to write to William Hague, making the case for a UK-wide, citizen-led Constitutional Convention. We also asked members of the public to co-sign the letter, and over 3,000 people did so. The campaign for a UK-wide process giving citizens the lead […]
27
Nov 2014
UK outline
Today’s Smith Commission report will have a huge impact on the democratic landscape of the UK. It gives Scotland a whole range of new powers, as well as paving the way for a real improvement to Scottish democracy: votes at 16 for Holyrood elections.   But it also raises fundamental questions about the future shape of the United […]
21
Nov 2014
Reckless
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After Clacton, comes Rochester and Strood. At the start of the campaign, the Conservatives felt they stood a good chance of winning this second by-election caused by a Conservative MP defecting to UKIP.   In comparison to Clacton, it should have been a much easier ride. Clacton is the most demographically friendly seat to UKIP […]
17
Nov 2014
Romanians Voting
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Turnout has been in the news once again, with a report from the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee advocating bank holidays on election days, votes at 16 and other structural changes to increase turnout. Structural and institutional changes are, of course, a vital component of making it easier and more desirable to vote. Yet, voting […]
14
Nov 2014
Elected Mayors
Today the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee has published an excellent report, Voter engagement in the UK. It sets out a series of recommendations on how to re-engage people in our representative democracy. We gave evidence to the Committee earlier in the year, and we’re delighted to see some of our recommendations taken forward.   Voter disengagement is […]
05
Nov 2014
Manchester
This is a guest post by Shelly Naughton. The views, opinions and positions expressed within are those of the author alone and do not represent those of the Electoral Reform Society.   When I woke up yesterday I was full of Manc. Manc to the brim, with a big smile, and then some. The day before we […]
04
Nov 2014
lords
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The aftermath of the Scottish independence referendum has created something of a fervour around the idea of devolution. Yesterday, George Osborne was the latest to join in, with his proposal for empowering Greater Manchester. But I wonder if he realised that by doing so, he was effectively advancing the case for reform of the House […]