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

(11) Comments | Posted 30 June 2016 | (00:00)

Unlike other countries, in the UK we do referendums on an ad hoc basis, often to resolve (or try to resolve) internal party rifts. Nowhere was that more clearly seen than with the EU vote.

Last week's referendum raised some serious questions about the nature of the democracy we...

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

(1) Comments | Posted 19 May 2016 | (15:26)

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.

Of course, it doesn't have to be like this - we can have...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 10 May 2016 | (14:47)

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...

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Citizens' Assemblies Show That We Can do Politics Differently in the UK

(0) Comments | Posted 18 April 2016 | (13:22)

It's not often that the seven biggest parties of Britain agree on something.

But last Wednesday politicians from all of them came together in Parliament for the launch of a new report calling for citizens' to be given a far greater say over the major...

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The Government Should Let Union Members Choose How They Vote

(3) Comments | Posted 15 March 2016 | (23:00)

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...

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It's Time for Parties, Government and the Press to Commit to Dealing With the Underrepresentation of Women in Westminster

(1) Comments | Posted 14 October 2015 | (12:59)

"Since women were first able to stand for Parliament in 1918 just 450 have been elected. Well over half of those women have only been elected in 1997 or since, and it was not until that year that the percentage of women MPs even reached double figures."

So begins the...

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If You Felt Like Your Vote Didn't Count for Much on 7 May, You're Not on Your Own

(25) Comments | Posted 2 June 2015 | (12:17)

This election was the most disproportionate in UK history. Quite simply, votes did not translate into seats.

Yesterday the Electoral Reform Society released our new report on the 7 May General Election, 'A Voting System in Crisis'. It's a damning verdict on our broken...

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More Women in Parliament - But There's a Hitch

(0) Comments | Posted 13 March 2015 | (23:00)

It's over a hundred years since the first female MP was elected to Parliament. But sadly we're still a long way off equality.

Women currently make up less than a quarter of all MPs, at 22.8%. That puts us a miserable 56th in the world ranking for lower houses. Safe...

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Deal or No Deal - How to Clean Up Party Funding

(3) Comments | Posted 19 February 2015 | (23:00)

Party funding scandals are back in the news, and it's hard not feel a sense of ennui. People are sick to death of the seemingly endless cash-for-influence, cash-for-peerage or cash-for-access headlines.

These have contributed to the situation we are in today, where public faith in parties and politicians is at...

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The Lord Hanningfield Investigation Shows the Lords Is a Victorian Institution in Dire Need of Reform

(3) Comments | Posted 17 December 2013 | (12:07)

The Daily Mirror's investigation of Lord Hanningfield has once again shined a spotlight on the sheer dysfunction of the House of Lords. In August, the arrival of 30 new peers showed that our appointed second chamber is not only undemocratic - it's unsustainable as well. And...

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Miliband's Announcement Opens Up a Genuinely Exciting Opportunity to Change Political Funding

(17) Comments | Posted 10 July 2013 | (00:00)

Ed Miliband's announcement on Tuesday opens up a genuine and exciting opportunity to change the way that the political parties are funded. If this opportunity is taken, it would be an important first step towards a healthier relationship between parties and the people they represent. And if we are to...

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Turnout - How Low Can You Go?

(6) Comments | Posted 16 November 2012 | (14:41)

Late last night one observer offered this little info-graphic to illustrate the turnout issue in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

It was welcome relief for those of us up late into the night waiting on the results.

It is now clear that...

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Voters Try to be Heard Above the Din of Cynical Politicking

(0) Comments | Posted 25 April 2012 | (17:25)

The Committee tasked with examining the draft Bill on Lords Reform has failed to reach consensus on even the basic principle that the Lords should be elected. Nine out of 26 voted against elections.

It is unsurprising that the Lords voted against reforming themselves but what about the...

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Individual Electoral Registration: the Battle to Prevent the 'Missing Millions'

(1) Comments | Posted 4 November 2011 | (14:06)

It seems the wake up call has been heeded. Today the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee warns of the potential 'damage to democracy' posed by the move to Individual Electoral Registration (IER).

Not many people have kept up with this. And by 'not many',...

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