Despite the difficulties of 2020, the ERS kept up the pressure and make the case for political reform in a crowded news cycle. From promoting our key campaigns through our analysis of the 2019 election...
Posted 13 Jan 2021
The pandemic has cast its shadow over everything this year – and issues of democracy are no exception. We’ve seen the effects of a super-centralised political system, leading to clashes between the nations and regions...
Posted 18 Dec 2020
Commons leader Jacob Rees Mogg has announced a partial return to remote proceedings for MPs, after the shocking case of ex-Minister Tracey Crouch – who has cancer – being unable to contribute to a debate...
Posted 16 Nov 2020
This month has seen a renewed interest in proportional representation internationally. Willie Sullivan backed up the case for a fairer voting system in Canada, drawing on his experience in Scotland. “If you want a system...
Posted 29 Oct 2020
When the ‘virtual Parliament’ was launched at the end of April, the UK was witnessing around 5,000 new coronavirus cases a day. The first wave subsided. But now, we are seeing over 15,000 new cases...
Posted 20 Oct 2020
You’d think given the rising tide of disinformation, dodgy donations and dark ads online, the government might be getting serious about empowering our elections watchdog. Instead, the Conservative Party has actually issued a call to...
Posted 03 Sep 2020
Wealth and power can get people access and influence that normal citizens can only imagine. It is, after all, why lobbying is a multi-million pound industry. That's why transparency is so vital.
Posted 17 Aug 2020
From virtual contributions to debates, to remote voting, the House of Commons showed that it could modernise quickly when faced with a health emergency.
Posted 16 Jul 2020
After uproar from MPs, democracy campaigners and the wider public, the government made a welcome u-turn last week.
Posted 13 Jun 2020
A new report delves into how Parliament has responded to the current pandemic - and holds up a mirror to Westminster's centralised set-up.
Posted 10 Jun 2020