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Our Mission
Building a better democracy
What we stand for

The Electoral Reform Society operates on a simple premise - that politics can be better than it is. We are campaigning for a better democracy.


Our Vision

Our vision is a representative democracy fit for the 21st century. We know that every year that passes with our steam age political system still in place is a missed opportunity for the people of Britain.


Our Values

We put voters first. We believe:

  • Every vote and every voice has value and should be heard
  • Everyone should be able to shape the decisions that affect their lives
  • Our institutions should reflect the people they serve
  • People should be able to hold those in power to account
  • Politics should offer people real alternatives

That’s the democracy we want to create. Everything we do is a step towards this vision.


Our Ambition

Our ambition is to pave the way for real change to the way politics works in Britain.

In the run up to the 2015 General Election we will do this by:

  • Developing the credibility, relationships and voice to shape a new political reform agenda
  • Showing how First Past the Post is contributing to our broken politics
  • Winning the argument for fair votes in local government

Read our strategy and find out how we will achieve our aims.

Recent News
18th August 2014
Recent weeks have continued to see all sorts of handwringing and dark soothsaying about the state of representative democracy. Untrusted politicians, growing inequality and low election turnouts are just part of this sorry state.   So what is to be done?   A new report seems to point the way ahead for us here in […]
13th August 2014
Did you vote in the European elections earlier this year? Perhaps not – it turns out that the 2014 ballot had the lowest ever turnout of any European election, at less than 43%.   Shortly before the elections, we published a report giving 12 practical recommendations on how to improve European democracy for British people. […]
8th August 2014
Another 22 peers have been appointed to the House of Lords today. Here are some facts, figures and thoughts about the announcement.   The new peers have donated nearly £7m to political parties. The vast majority of the £6,912,841 comes from one donor, Michael Farmer. But another five of the new peers are also party […]