Lakeman Fellowship

We are working to create a stronger case for political reform in the UK - but we need your help to take this to the next level.

Together, we can build an unstoppable case for reform

In 2019 we launched the Lakeman Fellowship to increase the capacity for cutting-edge research at the Electoral Reform Society.

We want the Fellowship to return in 2020, but we need your help.

Your generous donations will enable the first Lakeman Fellow to spend a year supporting the campaign in achieving a strong democracy throughout the UK.

Your generous support will help reveal:

  • The success of the Single Transferable Vote – building the evidence base for fair votes in Westminster
  • The inevitable wrong winners and uncontested seats in the 2019 local elections
  • The bloated state of Britain’s unelected House of Lords
  • Analysis of party funding and campaign regulations after the Cambridge Analytica revelations

We need your support to ensure that together, we can build a stronger-than-ever case for democratic reform across the UK.

Sponsor the Fellow today


All sponsors will receive:

  • Regular updates from the Fellow you are supporting
  • Your name as a credit alongside any research you help fund
  • A 10% discount code for our online shop.

Donate £5 a month and also get:

  • An invitation to our end of year celebration of the work of the Lakeman Fellow

Donate £25 a month and also get:

  • We’ll add you to the invitation list for our annual summer reception in Parliament.

You’ll be providing a vital opportunity

The fellowship does not only support vital research – it is also an opportunity to support someone’s career.

It can be hard for many people – both young and old – who have the required drive and skills to get into politics particularly if they lack specific experience, access to the right contacts or political networks. We want to help change that.

Your support will give someone the opportunity to work in politics who may never have done so otherwise – while supporting the work of the Electoral Reform Society at the same time.

If you sponsor the Lakeman Fellow, we’ll keep you regularly updated on the Fellow’s progress – and send you the research hot off the press.

Who is Enid Lakeman?

The post is named after our legendary former Research Secretary and later Director, Enid Lakeman, who worked for the Society from 1946 to 1980. She dedicated her life to research on the cause of fair votes – and came to dominate the history of the Society in the twentieth century.

She was eventually awarded an OBE for her work – and twice went to Ireland to successfully defend proportional representation when it came under attack from supporters of the old system. Ireland’s system of proportional representation is now seen as a core part of their democracy, in part thanks to her work.

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