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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 […]
20
Oct 2014
CC for blog
Where should power lie?   Whatever the answer, it won’t do for these decisions to be taken behind closed doors. That’s why we’ve got together with 27 civil society organisations, academics and democracy experts to call for a UK-wide, citizen-led Constitutional Convention empowered to answer questions about the future shape of the UK.   We’ve […]
17
Oct 2014
Rhodri
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“If we Brits could write a constitution for the Germans in 1947/8, why can’t we do it for ourselves?”   When it came to discussing our inaugural annual lecture themed around the next 15 years of devolution, it was pretty easy to decide who would be best suited for the task. Rhodri Morgan was First […]
10
Oct 2014
Party logos
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So UKIP burst through, taking Clacton on a 44.1% swing, the second highest in UK by-election history after Bermondsey and Old Southwark, 1982.   The two party system is dead, and has been for a long time. The voices suggesting that coalition would renew it are silent. Multi-party politics is here to stay. And it […]
29
Sep 2014
Cheryl Gillan for blog
This is a guest post by Cheryl Gillan, Conservative MP for Chesham and Amersham and former Secretary of State for Wales. 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 was asked to write this blog, the invitation […]
22
Sep 2014
referendum jpeg
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The ERS held its first Labour Party conference event this morning. The subject was “What next after the Scottish independence referendum?”   At one level this should not be so contentious – Scotland has been promised significant devolution of new powers by all three of the big Westminster parties. A very rapid timetable has been established […]