Electoral Reform

Building an Inclusive, Engaging and Successful Campaign for Electoral Reform

Owen Winter | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

Since the general election, partly due to the lack of MPs for popular parties such as Ukip, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party, there has been a groundswell in support for electoral reform. People are angry about the results of the election and its time we thought to capitalise.

In Praise of 25 Caroline Lucases

Sian Berry | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Politics
Sian Berry

I was proud to represent the Greens at the recent rally for voting reform at Parliament, organised by Unlock Democracy and Owen Winter, the Member of ...

Localism and Decentralism Must Be Part of a Much Wider Political Reform Agenda

John Tizard | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Localism, devolution and decentralisation are currently key buzz words right across Whitehall and town halls throughout the country. Now whilst it is very important that these words evolve into effective policy (and do so for places beyond the major cities and city regions), it is, in my view, equally important that the move upwards to local government does not stop at the town or county hall but extends even further, up to communities and neighbourhoods.

I Was a Tory - Until I Educated Myself

Louise Wilson | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Louise Wilson

I have a confession: I once was a Tory supporter. Or at least, I thought I was. This is going back a decade, when I was in my early teens and just beginning to pay attention to the world outside my own life.

Electoral Reform and the Tyranny of the Majority

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

In a straightforward battle of first past the post versus proportional representation, voters will make their decision based on self-interest. The tyranny of the majority, and thus the first past the post system, will inevitably prevail, as it did so convincingly in the 2011 referendum.

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

Katie Ghose | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

We're the last country in Europe to use the outdated and broken system of First Past the Post. Nearly every advanced democracy uses some kind of proportional system where seats really do reflect votes cast.

Britain's Electoral System Is Broken and In Need of Serious Reform

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

I have always believed, perhaps naively, that in a democracy, if a system is shown to be manifestly unjust and unfair, then those who have the power to address the problem will respond positively. Action will then follow to address the grievance. Alas, this often is not the case.

Did the Conservatives Really Win the General Election?

Adriano Mérola Marotta | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Politics
Adriano Mérola Marotta

Since the Conservative party "won" the UK general election on May 7th, people have taken to the streets across the UK in a defiant display of disenchantment with the electoral system and the austerity consensus of the major political parties. The prospect of 5 more years of crippling austerity has prompted many to reclaim the future of UK politics.

From Town Halls to Westminster, We Need Proportional Representation

Natalie Bennett | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

For the Green Party the maths is simple. Our more than 1.1million votes would, under a proportional system, have delivered 24 seats. Instead we got just one - the return of the brilliant MP for Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas. In a multiparty democracy first-past-the-post, a failed system for decades, is clearly comprehensively out of date.

Is a Labour Victory Actually Possible? - Some Heretical Thoughts

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

As the graph shows, two party politics has been slowly dying since the 1950s. However our electoral system continues to make it surprisingly easy for one party to form a Government. But, if this pattern continues, then Government - all Governments - will increasingly lack legitimacy.

Electoral Reform: It's Needed but There's No Simple Solution

Toby Gould | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Toby Gould

People in favour of reform can't agree and thus anti-reformists have the upper hand. Despite this, I still believe that we need to have open debates about the future of our electoral system and that we need to look in to ways of altering it to make it more representative. While simple country-wide PR is not the answer, neither is rejecting reform altogether.

Calls For Electoral Reform Have United Some Unusual Political Rivals

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Politics

Calls for a change in the electoral system are growing stronger following yesterday’s General Election results - and have united some rather unusual...

We Need Electoral Reform, Not a New Prime Minister

Jack McSweeney | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jack McSweeney

When we voted against electoral reform 4 years ago, we made a choice that silenced the potential voices of millions of people. That's not democracy. In order to reclaim it for the people, we need electoral reform, not a new Prime Minister.

Why This Election Is Crying Out for Proportional Representation

Charley Bendall | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charley Bendall

They never tell us that the current system allows them to sit smug in their bounty of safe seats, comfortable in the knowledge that the tens of thousands of votes cast against them, will be resigned to the bin.

Voter Power to the People?

Carl Cullinane | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
Carl Cullinane

When the electoral system can no longer deliver on its main purported advantage (strong single-party government), then it's rapidly heading towards time to start dividing up the power a bit more evenly.

Let's Make Voting for the 'Lesser Evil' a Thing of the Past

Darren Hughes | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Politics
Darren Hughes

Under our current 'First Past the Post' voting system, a lot of people feel like their votes won't count unless they vote to keep someone else out... Our voting system works against smaller parties and encourages 'tactical' voting - simply opting for a candidate with the best chance of winning.

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 28.06.2015 | 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 09.06.2015 | 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 15.05.2015 | 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 13.05.2015 | 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...