One survivor revealed that the police told her that “he would have been treated more harshly if he had committed GBH on a stranger”
This is the moment for us all to get to work to ensure the new law reflects the reality of survivors' experiences and helps them to forge escape routes, not put up additional barriers. In the Women's Aid movement, our ambition knows no limits. We are here to empower women so that all survivors can escape domestic violence and if we come together to craft an ambitious law with real teeth and resources, that day will come ever closer.
27/07/2017 16:12 BST
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.
12/06/2017 16:24 BST
It matters a great deal that Parliament reflects the range of backgrounds and experiences we have in this country. We all lose out if our politics is limited to one demographic rather than the diverse talents of the UK.
26/05/2017 14:45 BST
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.
18/05/2017 16:11 BST
This documentary provides yet more evidence that we urgently need to sort out the House of Lords, and move to a fully-elected chamber where the people who make our laws are elected by the public - and can be kicked out by the public. Let's fix this broken House before the situation gets any worse.
01/03/2017 17:05 GMT
It's fair to say that how constitutional change happens in the UK is something of an oddity. Without a codified constitution, parliamentary democracy stretches and adapts, creaking with new ways of doing things in an increasingly federal set-up.
28/02/2017 11:39 GMT
Brexit Bill or no Brexit Bill - the time is now for sorting out our broken, bloated and archaic second chamber.
21/02/2017 17:11 GMT
Last year's Northern Ireland Assembly election saw some fascinating developments. From a 50% increase in women's representation, to the growth of cross-community parties and some surprise upsets, it was testament to an evolving democracy, under a voting system that allows voters' diverse views to be represented.
20/02/2017 12:06 GMT
So this is your chance to influence the Lords' future. After thousands signed the Mirror's petition in 2015 calling for an end to an unelected upper chamber, we hope you'll use this opportunity so that we can move towards the kind of Parliament that voters expect and deserve.
08/02/2017 16:17 GMT
We're done quibbling over the 'will of the people'; the goal now has to be fostering an engaged, active citizenry that can itself support and challenge Parliament and government.
03/02/2017 11:25 GMT
18/01/2017 16:22 GMT
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.
10/11/2016 13:04 GMT
If the government cares about fulfilling the will of the British people, <em>and </em>having a genuinely decent and well-functioning scrutinising chamber, It's time for a fairly elected upper house.
08/11/2016 16:08 GMT
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.
15/09/2016 16:05 BST
We need a root-and-branch review of referendums in the UK. Rather than jumping from plebiscite to plebiscite with no framework for deciding how, when and why they should happen, it is time for a national conversation on the role of referendums here in Britain. 'It's Good to Talk' forms the basis for that conversation - now let's take it up a gear.
05/09/2016 09:45 BST
Last week's referendum raised some serious questions about the nature of the democracy we have - and the type we want to create. But given the current post-referendum confusion, now's the time to revisit the purpose and value of this particular type of public decision - and what makes for a 'good' or 'bad' referendum. So here are three reforms for future referendum campaigns...
29/06/2016 16:54 BST
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.
20/05/2016 11:58 BST
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.
11/05/2016 10:58 BST
The Citizens' Assemblies are a serious, evidence-based foundation for meaningfully involving citizens in influencing policy - with potential to reach those who are most disconnected from formal politics, provided recruitment can be got right.
18/04/2016 15:58 BST
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