On May 6, one year after elections were supposed to be held, more than six million Londoners will be called to the polling stations to elect their mayor (alongside 25 members of the London Assembly)...
Posted 01 Apr 2021
This week, Home Secretary Priti Patel laid out new plans as part of a review into the role of Police and Crime Commissioners. The move would see the current preference-based Supplementary Vote (SV) system replaced...
Posted 19 Mar 2021
When one party takes all – on a fraction of the vote – people understandably feel alienated and voiceless, and new research appears to back this up.
Posted 19 Mar 2021
These are deeply concerning plans to change our elections.
Posted 18 Mar 2021
There has been considerable discussion about the ‘Union’ and efforts to save it in recent months, given the increasing support for nationalist parties in Scotland and Wales, and growing talk of a border poll in...
Posted 09 Mar 2021
Key decisions on May's elections in Wales will be driven by consensus and cooperation, rather than ministerial diktat.
Posted 15 Feb 2021
UK ministers have finally confirmed that local elections in England will go ahead on the 6th of May, after being delayed in 2020 due to the pandemic. Here's what we know.
Posted 05 Feb 2021
This past week we’ve seen a dizzying array of conflicting reports for the government’s plans for May’s polls, with Conservative party figures suggesting delays are likely, despite official advice that plans are unchanged but ‘under...
Posted 21 Jan 2021
The experience of the covid-19 crisis has served to underline and strengthen the case ERS Scotland has long been making for a revamped local democracy. The work undertaken in recent years – alongside a range...
Posted 14 Jan 2021
Toby James, University of East Anglia and Alistair Clark, Newcastle University Which activities are essential during a pandemic? Across England, school buildings have been closed, as have many shops, businesses and sports facilities. So what...
Posted 08 Jan 2021