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Let’s postpone bizarre peer by-elections for good

Even in today’s climate, hereditary peer by-elections are among the more absurd aspects of British politics. Following the retirement of the Earl of Selborne from the House of Lords after almost 50 years in office,...

Posted 01 Apr 2020

28 votes were cast - now a peer is eligible to claim up to £323 per day for life

Another chance to scrap an absurd Parliamentary quirk

A Bill to phase out one of Parliament’s more absurd procedures is making some progress, after being talked out of time by Lords last year. Lord Grocott’s Hereditary Peers (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill underwent its...

Posted 17 Mar 2020

Lord Grocott’s Hereditary Peers Abolition of By-Elections Bill is back

ERS in the Press – January 2020

Following December’s General Election we have continued to make the case for a fairer, proportional voting system, highlighting the warped nature of December’s results and the negative effect of First Past the Post on our...

Posted 07 Feb 2020

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What we learnt from the ERS / Open Labour leadership hustings

Labour’s leadership candidates backed a range of constitutional reforms at Sunday’s joint Open Labour/Electoral Reform Society hustings, as they were challenged on how to fix Britain’s broken political system. When asked about their views on...

Posted 27 Jan 2020

Labour Hustings