Electoral Reform Society's blog

24 Oct 2016

It's time to 'take back control' of money in politics

The following is a guest post from Steve Goodrich, Senior Research Officer at Transparency International UK. The views, opinions and positions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Electoral Reform Society. Although Brexit has divided opinion across the country there’s one thing that everyone’s united on: it’s a massive deal. Some see it as a great […]
14 Oct 2016

How to give the London Assembly the clout it needs

This week is European Local Democracy Week 2016 , and to mark it, we've been running a series of articles on how to make the London Assembly more democratic. Today, Martin Hoscik , Editor of MayorWatch , gives his view on what reforms could be made to strengthen the clout of the Assembly to hold the Mayor to account. This is an external guest blog, and the views, opinions and positions expressed […]
13 Oct 2016

It's time to rebalance the powers of the London Mayor and Assembly

This week is European Local Democracy Week 2016 , and to mark it, we're running a series of articles on how to make the London Assembly more democratic. For the first two articles in the 'Building a Better London Democracy' series, ERS Policy and Public Affairs Officer Charley Jarrett argued that switching to the Single Transferable Vote for Assembly elections would be better for voters and […]
11 Oct 2016

PR across the pond: the push for fair votes in the US

This week is European Local Democracy Week 2016 , and to mark it, we're running a series of discussion articles on how to make the London Assembly more democratic. Yesterday we published our first piece in the series , calling for the Single Transferable Vote for the Assembly. The following is a guest post from Rob Richie , Executive Director of FairVote – the organisation campaigning for a […]
7 Sep 2016

Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith Quizzed on Democratic Reform

The Labour leadership election is in full swing, with the vote closing on Wednesday 21 st September. At the ERS, we’re running Q&As with the leadership candidates for the Labour Party. On Tuesday we published our Q&A with UKIP , who are also in the midst of a leadership election, and last month we quizzed the Green Party’s leadership candidates on democratic reform too – see the answers […]
6 Sep 2016

ERS Quiz UKIP's Leadership Candidates on Democratic Reform

UKIP’s leadership election is in full swing, with the results announced on the 16 th September. At the ERS, we’re running Q&As with the leadership candidates for UKIP – as well as the Labour Party, which is also currently in the midst of a leadership election. Last month we quizzed the Green Party’s leadership candidates on democratic reform too – see the answers here . We’ve asked UKIP’s […]
2 Aug 2016

ERS Quiz the Green Party Leadership Candidates on Democratic Reform

The Green Party of England & Wales’ leadership (and Deputy Leadership) election is in full swing, with voting open until the 25 th August . At the ERS, we’re running Q&As with all the leadership and deputy leadership candidates – including for the upcoming UKIP leadership vote (plus, hopefully, a hustings for the Labour ballot – it’s all happening!). We’ve quizzed the candidates on voting […]
8 Jul 2016

Why electoral reform is a trade union issue

This is an article from Rory Scothorne and Josiah Mortimer ahead of the Unite union's policy conference starting this weekend. The text is from the ERS' new trade union leaflet ' Trade Unions and Electoral Reform ', and follows an overwhelming vote at last year's TUC conference to look again at the need for electoral reform. The image, from the British Library, is of a Chartist meeting held at […]
1 Jul 2016

Brexit and our broken electoral system

This is a guest blog, originally published by Noel Longhurst . The opinions expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Electoral Reform Society. Ever since the result of the EU referendum became clear early last Friday morning, those on the side of Remain have sought to point the finger of blame. Depending on your particular perspective, Leave voters, David […]
22 Jun 2016

One day left to get clued up about your #EUref vote

The below is an open letter to voters for the last day before the referendum by a number of organisations who have been pushing for a better referendum debate. Voting requires confidence and a decent, informed debate. For the past few months, our organisations have been pushing tools to help create that debate. Today is your last chance to get clued up before you vote tomorrow. Sadly, polling […]