Electoral Reform

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

Emma Flowers | Posted 17.11.2014 | 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 26.10.2014 | 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.