Both houses of Parliament have long been associated with inaccessibility, with working patterns designed around the diaries of married, middle-aged men. MPs who were ill, pregnant or hundreds of miles away in their constituencies often...
Posted 26 Feb 2021
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
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
Government must back backbenchers' proposals to protect voters' interests and shielding MPs, democracy experts say.
Posted 02 Jun 2020
If you think Parliament needs to be brought into the 21st century, this is your chance...
Posted 28 May 2020
Despite the best efforts of a cross-party coalition of MPs to stop the ‘shutdown’, Wednesday marked the end of the successful Virtual Parliament proceedings in the Commons.
Posted 21 May 2020
Over the past week, we’ve seen a glimpse of why Ministers are so keen to end the ‘virtual Parliament’ procedures.
Posted 20 May 2020