Conservative Party

16 Mar 2017

Local spending matters when votes aren't equal

Today we have seen the consequences of a violation of the rules on campaign spending, one facet of the way political parties are funded. Yet the Electoral Commission’s fine of the Conservative party for breaching reporting rules on party spending highlights bigger issues in our political system. Campaign spending rules exist for a key reason. Britain’s first past the post electoral system rewards […]
5 Jul 2016

Tactical Tories: The Conservative leadership election explained

Charley Jarrett is Policy & Public Affairs Officer at the Electoral Reform Society and Secretary of Conservative Action for Electoral Reform . On Thursday at midday nominations closed for the Conservative Party leadership contest. It’s been a week of high drama in politics – and many of you will have your views on the candidates (and those who aren’t candidates) – but how do Conservative […]
4 Mar 2016

Four Reasons Conservatives Should Support Electoral Reform

The Scottish Conservative Party conference kicks off today, and one of the highlights will be the launch of a new pamphlet, “Light Blue Ideas”, edited by Professor Alan Convery. Alan is a lecturer in politics at Edinburgh University, and has brought together a stellar cast of policy experts and academics to propose ways in which the Scottish Conservatives might modernise themselves to contend for […]
24 Jun 2015

Ruth Davidson's Lessons from the Scottish Referendum

The following is republished with the kind permission of Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson. It is one part of Giving 16 and 17 Year Olds the Vote - The Tory Case , a publication from the Tory Reform Group. The Scottish Independence referendum on 18th September was unprecedented for many reasons. The decision, for the first time in British history, to give 16 and 17 year olds the vote was […]
23 Jul 2014

Inside a rotten borough

This is a guest post by Craig Lawton, chairman of Swansea West Conservatives. The views, opinions and positions expressed within are those of the author alone and do not represent those of the Electoral Reform Society. A few weeks ago, while the majority of the population (or at least the majority of those that are interested in politics) had their eyes trained on the Newark by-election, a few […]