Electoral Reform

The Next General Election Must Be About Voting Reform

Reece Stafferton | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics
Reece Stafferton

Ensuring everybody is represented through proportional representation, in every area of the UK, is essential in crafting a world-leading democracy, accordant politicians, and successful campaigns. It can only serve all of us well. If anybody doubts such a change can happen, know there's isn't change without hope and those willing to fight for it.

We Have A Chance To Revitalise British Democracy - I Look Forward To Leading The Push

Darren Hughes | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics
Darren Hughes

This is an exciting phase in the ERS' history. It's an honour to be taking over from Katie and I look forward to continuing her efforts to improve how our politics works.

At 16 You Can Have Sex With Your MP - But You Can't Vote For Them!

Cat Smith | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics
Cat Smith

To build a healthy democracy we need young people to be engaged and to feel valued. We also want out political system to recognise the abilities of young people, which is why votes at 16 is so important.

Democracy Is The First Thing The British People Need. Then We Can Tackle Our Multiple Other Threats

Natalie Bennett | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

To describe the state of British politics and governance as a mess is only a statement of the obvious.

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

Katie Ghose | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

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.

Voter ID Is A Solution In Search Of A Problem - The Conservatives Should Think Again

Katie Ghose | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

If ever the phrase 'sledgehammer to crack a nut' was apt, it's the idea that you should be forced to bring ID to the polling station when you vote. Today the Conservatives announced plans to introduce mandatory voter ID for elections across the UK - ostensibly to reduce alleged voter fraud.

A Progressive Alliance Won't Mean Progressive Outcomes For The UK's Swinging Voters

Tom Jeffery | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Politics
Tom Jeffery

The broader insight would seem to be that political parties are struggling to manage democracy in the way they are accustomed. In the long term, rather than narrowing our choices at the ballot box, shouldn't we have more?

Demand For Electoral Reform Going Strong As Petition Surges Towards 100,000

Owen Winter | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics
Owen Winter

Despite being nearly two years since the last General Election; despite the government sweeping constitutional issues under the carpet; despite Brexit and Trump dominating headlines; people are still clamouring for a fairer voting system.

Maine Makes History By Scrapping First Past the Post

Katie Ghose | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

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.

Electoral Reform Is Making Waves Across The Atlantic

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

There's something in the air, it seems. As I write, electoral reformers in Canada and the US have a real chance of securing a fairer voting system. As...

Forget Standing Down In Richmond - Parties Shouldn't Have To Make That Choice

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 30.10.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

It's time we put paid to the awkward and unnecessary debates about 'spoiler' candidates. The way to do that is to have a voting system where it's always OK for voters to vote for their party. That, surely, is not such a radical idea.

Theresa May: Here's How To Build A Democracy That Works For Everyone

Alexandra Runswick | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Politics
Alexandra Runswick

Theresa May is serious about preventing the interests of ordinary people being trumped by the powerful and the privileged she needs to do everything she can to make her government transparent; she needs to make sure that everyone's voice is heard equally; and she needs to kick big money out of politics.

Electoral Reform Is A Workers' Issue - Trade Unions Have A Vital Role To Play

Katie Ghose | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

With electoral reform back on the agenda -- and Labour reformers from all wings of the movement, from John McDonnell to Chuka Umunna), the voices of trade union members on this are vital in the debate.

International Day of Democracy: What Does Taking Back Control Mean To You?

Alexandra Runswick | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Politics
Alexandra Runswick

If Theresa May means what she says about her government being for all and not just the "privileged few", then she needs to direct her attention to addressing this sense of powerlessness that is sweeping the nation.

How a Broken Voting System Gave South Africa Apartheid in 1948

Owen Winter | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK
Owen Winter

South Africa's broken voting system (the same one we still use in the UK) gave them a government that did not have majority support and ultimately gave them a racist system of oppression that lasted for over 40 years.

How Labour Can Stay Together (Just)

Joseph Finlay | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

If a progressive alliance won a majority it would introduce proportional representation, allowing progressive parties to in future stand against each other without letting the Tories win. Only then would we have a fully democratic system. That juncture, rather than now, would be the moment for Labour to dissolve itself into fully separate parties.

Let's Face It: Labour Wouldn't Be in This Mess If We Had PR

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 30.07.2017 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

The party system is in turmoil. And not just after Brexit - although the house of cards now appears to be finally falling down after looking unsteady for some time. It's always risky to pose hypotheticals, but we have to ask ourselves this: would the Labour Party be in its current situation if we had a proportional system...

After Brexit, What Next for Britain's Youth?

Amelia Womack | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Amelia Womack

Currently, the EU provides billions in funding for our Higher Education institutions; gives vital support to Further Education; enables young people to live and study across the continent; and creates jobs and training opportunities. Brexit does not need to mean the end for youth opportunity, but there is a great deal of work to be done to ensure that our futures are not damaged by it.

If 'Take Back Control' Is to Mean Anything, We Need PR

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

Today, there's a chance for politicians on all sides to listen to the result of June 23rd, and to deal with the task at hand in these turbulent times. Let's make the phrase 'take back control' really mean something.

The Current Meltdown in Our Political System Is a Symptom of Our Broken Voting System

Owen Winter | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

It may have been the EU referendum that triggered the recent political uncertainty but the roots of this chaos run much deeper. The only way to re-engage those who feel disillusioned with the political system is a proportional voting system where their voices are counted equally.

To End In-Party Squabbling, Here's My 'Tongue-in-cheek' Election Reform

Beth Burks | Posted 01.07.2017 | UK Politics
Beth Burks

Apply like the rest of us apply for jobs. The deadline for a new PM is September 8th which is 10 weeks away. Unfortunately, none of you are allowed t...

Britain Needs More Democracy After the EU Referendum, Not Less

Tom Jeffery | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Politics
Tom Jeffery

In 'The Economics of Happiness', the Swiss professor Bruno S Frey argues that over 600 referenda have contributed to the happiness of his fellow citiz...

A Brexit Vote Would Put This Government on Thin Ice; Calling a Proportional General Election Would be Cameron's Only Option

Owen Winter | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

In the event of a 'Leave' vote, Britain would be divided, with a new Prime Minister, a surge in political awareness, and big questions to be answered about our future out of the EU. The only way for the country to move on from this divisive referendum, and grant democratic legitimacy to those negotiating Brexit, would be to hold a proportional general election as soon as possible after the result.

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

Katie Ghose | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

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.

Eight Things Last Week's Elections Tell Us About Britain's Changing Politics

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

The lesson from last Thursday has to be that in the 21st century, with voters 'shopping around' more than ever before, we need the frameworks and democratic systems to reflect the new and diverse politics we see in the UK today.