Parliamentary briefings

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Hereditary peers: By-elections briefing July 2018

Download briefing as a pdf (214.3KB pdf) Two hereditary peerage by-elections are currently underway in the House of Lords. These follow the retirement of the 4th Earl Baldwin of Bewdley (9 May), grandson of Stanley...

Posted 04 Jul 2018

House of Lords ‘abolition’ – Westminster Hall debate

Download Briefing (149.3KB pdf) Westminster Hall debate 4:30pm, Monday 18th June 2018 From its ever-expanding size, to its challenges to the government’s Brexit legislation, questions about the House of Lords are being asked – urgently and...

Posted 18 Jun 2018

Voter ID pilot schemes – Westminster Hall debate briefing

Download Briefing (210.1KB pdf) The government piloted mandatory ID at the 2018 English local elections. In Gosport, Swindon, Woking, Watford and Bromley, voters were required for the first time to bring a form of identification....

Posted 06 Jun 2018

Bromley voter ID project

Voters Locked Out: The Flaws of Voter ID in England

Download Briefing (182.7KB pdf) Introduction In August 2016, Sir Eric Pickles’s report, ‘Securing the ballot: review into electoral fraud’, was released. It was commissioned after an election court judgement in 2015 which barred the Mayor...

Posted 28 Apr 2018

Enacting section 106 of the Equality Act 2010

Download as PDF (71.1KB pdf) Submitted to the Open Government Network’s data consultation. There is a current lack of information published around the diversity of candidates and elected representatives. It is vitally important that this...

Posted 03 Apr 2018

Letter sent to Chloe Smith MP, Minister for the Constitution

Dear Minister, RE: Voter ID pilots We are writing to express our collective concerns for the Government plans to pilot identification in polling stations at the local government elections in May. The Government’s commitment to...

Posted 12 Mar 2018

Votes at 16 Private Members Bill 3rd November 2017

Download as PDF (453.8KB pdf) Briefing The Electoral Reform Society strongly supports enfranchising 16- and 17-year-olds for all elections and referendums. We see lowering the franchise as vital to nurturing more active citizens for the...

Posted 02 Nov 2017