Electoral Reform

Millions of Our Votes Won't Count - Democracy Is a Sham, and It's Time to Change It

Clifford Fleming | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Clifford Fleming

It is time for voices across the political spectrum to speak up about the vital changes we need to our democratic system. Our democracy needs to reflect the opinions and voices of every citizen. Every voice must matter. Every vote must count. Political party's obsessions with the financial deficit ignores an even greater problem in our society - our democratic deficit.

Electoral Reform Is British Politics Next Big Challenge

Chris Whiting | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Whiting

Not only has the current FPTP voting system proven to be irreflective of the British electorate's views time and time again, those 'chosen' Members of Parliament then have to have their decision making ratified by a house of privileged Lords in the government's upper house.

Electoral Change We Need

Louise Wilson | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Politics
Louise Wilson

The First Past the Post (FPTP) process, a system I have long been an opponent of, is biased towards the bigger parties. It gives the likes of Labour, the Conservatives and even the SNP the chance to win a huge number of seats with a disproportionate amount of votes.

Don't Vote in the General Election - #YOLO

Valdemar Alsop | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Valdemar Alsop

I want you to vote whatever your vote might be. Enjoy it. It's yours.

More Women in Parliament - But There's a Hitch

Katie Ghose | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

We need major reform to ensure May's increased representation of women doesn't become a new 'glass ceiling'. Reforming our archaic voting system, and encouraging wider citizen participation in parties and democracy more generally, could help ensure that the progress we are likely to see this May is not the end of the story.

Deal or No Deal - How to Clean Up Party Funding

Katie Ghose | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

We can't carry on lurching from one scandal to another. We have to get out of this rut. In our new report, 'Deal or No Deal: How to put an end to party funding scandals', we set out three things we have to do to clean up party funding.

Time to Modernise Politics and Reform Flawed Voting System

Mark Serwotka | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

What we have is bland and complacent two-dimensional politics, where Tories and Labour vie for a mythical centre ground and target policies at handfuls of voters in marginal seats. A fairer system would genuinely shake this consensus and could help diminish the concept of the protest vote, sidelining those who play the system only to stoke fear, hatred and suspicion.

Electoral Reform: The Case for Proportional Representation

Toby Gould | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Toby Gould

What we need is a large-scale, independent assessment into whether or not the current system works as a truly representative democracy and then for prescriptions to be put forward and debated over how it can be fixed.

Electoral Reform? You First, Prime Minister...

Karl Davis | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

If the Conservatives win the next general election, they will make any industrial action illegal unless a minimum of 40% of eligible members participate in the vote. Fair enough, some will say. I am not against the principle of democratic thresholds per se, but I feel that they can only truly work within a system that is underpinned by equity and fairness...

Political Parties Don't Want to Listen - Unless We Live in a Marginal Seat

Emma Flowers | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Politics
Emma Flowers

I had my first live political encounter for years the other day. It was, on almost every level, deeply unsatisfactory; for that, I have to take my sha...

The Arrogance of the 'Big Two' Will Cause Their Downfall in Our New Multi-Party System

Jack Butler | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Butler

At the moment, Labour and the Tories both behave as if we're still in the early half of the 20th century, when they commanded 90+% of the vote between them. They patronise their critics on the left and the right. They reject anything that doesn't correspond with their centrist world view.

Democracy Reborn- Solving Disengagement

Bradley Allsop | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The reason people are disillusioned with politics is because it no longer affords people the level of control they seek- our hunger for change has outgrown the systems flexibility for it. Our democracy has grown complacent and stale, and we must act to breathe life into it once more

Votes at 16 Can Engage Our Young

Andy Slaughter | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Slaughter

Votes at 16 is a radical proposal that has the potential to energise a new generation of politically active and engaged citizens. However, votes at 16 needs to go hand in hand with wider youth engagement and a renewed commitment to citizenship education.

Will a Small Royal Reshuffle Kick Off Our Biggest Social Change?

Gregor Smith | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

2013 was the year Pope Benedict XVI took the unusual decision of resigning from his post, much to the surprise of those who had followed his works across the world. This year, our own defender of the faith is also resigning - to an extent...

'Ban The Jobless From Voting'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Politics

Godfrey Bloom has called for unemployed people to be banned from voting, in a call derided as "social apartheid". In a controversial blog for the ...

How Can the Electoral System We Have Deliver Salvation?

Godfrey Bloom | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Godfrey Bloom

How can we arrest this economic and moral decline with an electoral system which gives a vote to anybody and everybody, who happens to be over eighteen years old. The system must reform, we need a complete reappraisal to reflect, as we did in the 1840s, more electoral power for those who create the revenue so disappointingly squandered by a bloated administration.

Apathy In The UK: Police Commissioner Post-Mortem Underway

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.11.2012 | UK

A post-mortem was under way today into the first elections for police commissioners in England and Wales after the poll was marred by a record-low tur...

Mehdi Hasan

What Does Obama's Victory Mean For Cameron, Minorities And TV Debates?

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.11.2012 | UK Politics

Here are five things worth considering about the US presidential election result: Is Obama's victory good for David Cameron or Ed Miliband? Is there a...

Reforming the House of Lords is Not a Progressive Debate

Kelly-Marie Blundell | Posted 24.06.2012 | UK Politics
Kelly-Marie Blundell

House of Lords reform should not be an issue we should be debating on a progressive left website. Indeed, the House of Lords reform should not be an issue for discussion at all. Reforming one entire third of the executive to be composed of democratically elected representatives is not a progressive idea.

US Style Primary Elections can rid the UK of George Galloway and the Politics of Division

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 10.06.2012 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

British voters have elected George Galloway of the Respect Party to Parliament in an admittedly spectacular electoral coup.

Individual Electoral Registration: the Battle to Prevent the Missing Millions

Katie Ghose | Posted 04.01.2012 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

If voting becomes a minority pastime, our representatives' legitimacy plummets further and we lose all confidence that decisions are made with anything approaching a national mandate.

Further Electoral Reform in Britain off the Agenda For a Generation

Peter Ingram | Posted 20.11.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Ingram

Electoral reform of some sort has long been an objective of the Liberal Democratic Party. More recently they have increased their support but electoral reform has long remained an objective. Over the last forty years there have been two hung parliaments. The first in 1974 and more recently in 2010.

English Democrats Force Elected Mayor Vote in Salford

Steve Middleton | Posted 01.10.2011 | UK Politics
Steve Middleton

The English Democrats party is forcing Salford to hold a referendum on an elected Mayor for the city after they handed in a 10,000 name petition.