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Katie Ghose

Chief Executive of Women's Aid

Let's Work Together To Craft A Domestic Violence And Abuse Bill With Real Teeth And Resources

This is the moment for us all to get to work to ensure the new law reflects the reality of survivors' experiences and helps them to forge escape routes, not put up additional barriers. In the Women's Aid movement, our ambition knows no limits. We are here to empower women so that all survivors can escape domestic violence and if we come together to craft an ambitious law with real teeth and resources, that day will come ever closer.
27/07/2017 16:12 BST

'Strong And Stable'? Westminster's Voting System Is Anything But

It's time to bring how we vote into line with how people want to vote, to give the public a democracy that can reflect all voices, and to make every vote count. It's more clear than ever that voters have changed. Now the system needs to change too.
12/06/2017 16:24 BST

'Meet The Lords' Lays Bare The Scandalous Situation In The Upper Chamber

This documentary provides yet more evidence that we urgently need to sort out the House of Lords, and move to a fully-elected chamber where the people who make our laws are elected by the public - and can be kicked out by the public. Let's fix this broken House before the situation gets any worse.
01/03/2017 17:05 GMT

The Latest Scandal Could Be The Final Straw For The Lords

It's fair to say that how constitutional change happens in the UK is something of an oddity. Without a codified constitution, parliamentary democracy stretches and adapts, creaking with new ways of doing things in an increasingly federal set-up.
28/02/2017 11:39 GMT

How Northern Ireland's Voting System Allows For A More Diverse, Open Politics

Last year's Northern Ireland Assembly election saw some fascinating developments. From a 50% increase in women's representation, to the growth of cross-community parties and some surprise upsets, it was testament to an evolving democracy, under a voting system that allows voters' diverse views to be represented.
20/02/2017 12:06 GMT

Tell Peers It's Time To Shrink The House Of Lords

So this is your chance to influence the Lords' future. After thousands signed the Mirror's petition in 2015 calling for an end to an unelected upper chamber, we hope you'll use this opportunity so that we can move towards the kind of Parliament that voters expect and deserve.
08/02/2017 16:17 GMT

Maine Makes History By Scrapping First Past the Post

As the world analyses the result of the US Presidential election, there's one result you might have missed. On Tuesday one state made a symbolic breakthrough: Maine became the first US state to scrap First Past the Post.
10/11/2016 13:04 GMT

How To Do Referendums Better In The Future

We need a root-and-branch review of referendums in the UK. Rather than jumping from plebiscite to plebiscite with no framework for deciding how, when and why they should happen, it is time for a national conversation on the role of referendums here in Britain. 'It's Good to Talk' forms the basis for that conversation - now let's take it up a gear.
05/09/2016 09:45 BST

Three Reforms to Make Sure We Do Referendums Better in the UK

Last week's referendum raised some serious questions about the nature of the democracy we have - and the type we want to create. But given the current post-referendum confusion, now's the time to revisit the purpose and value of this particular type of public decision - and what makes for a 'good' or 'bad' referendum. So here are three reforms for future referendum campaigns...
29/06/2016 16:54 BST

'A Better Referendum': How to Open Up the EU Debate

If you think the EU referendum debate so far has been focused far too much on the personalities and internal party spats than the real issues that affect you and the country, you're not on your own.
20/05/2016 11:58 BST

'Super Thursday' Showed Us That British Politics Has Changed Forever

If you were following it, it was easy to get lost last week underneath the bar charts and rapid analysis of Thursday's elections - the 'winners and losers', the ups and downs. Because there were some very revealing signs of the longer term trends affecting political behaviour and future shape of the UK - and they need to be talked about.
11/05/2016 10:58 BST

The Government Should Let Union Members Choose How They Vote

This Wednesday, the Chancellor will present his budget for the year ahead. But it's not the only important thing happening that day: though it might not dominate the headlines, the government's controversial Trade Union Bill will reach its final stages in the House of Lords. What it represents is a last chance for the government to reconsider its position to ban unions from allowing members to vote online - a ban that no other civil society group faces.
16/03/2016 08:41 GMT