democracy

13 Oct 2016

It's time to rebalance the powers of the London Mayor and Assembly

This week is European Local Democracy Week 2016 , and to mark it, we're running a series of articles on how to make the London Assembly more democratic. For the first two articles in the 'Building a Better London Democracy' series, ERS Policy and Public Affairs Officer Charley Jarrett argued that switching to the Single Transferable Vote for Assembly elections would be better for voters and […]
18 Apr 2016

Let's make sure every voice is heard in Wales

There are now just a couple of weeks until the Welsh Assembly election. Parties are coming out with their policies for the next Assembly thick and fast. So we’re calling on parties to revitalise democracy in Wales. We’re already making a difference: The Welsh Lib Dems have pledged to support our Youth Promise – six policies to boost youth engagement in politics. Plaid Cymru and Wales Green Party […]
12 Apr 2016

Letting the light in: How to open up Welsh politics

In a week that politicians in Wales and across the UK opened up about their finances following the release of the ‘Panama Papers’, today we’re pleased to launch our ‘minifesto’ on opening up government in Wales. We think it’s time to ‘let the light in’ on all aspects of Welsh politics, as the Assembly gains more powers and responsibilities. As we say in our publication launched today , “Rightly […]
7 Apr 2016

Political parties in Wales need to give young people a voice

[Gallwch ddarllen y blog yma yn y Gymraeg] It’s no news to say that youth engagement in formal politics is in a pretty parlous state – particularly when it comes to turnout. Just 43% of 18-24 year olds voted in the last Westminster election: the gap between engagement in politics between young people and old people is growing, and will only get worse if urgent action isn’t taken. In Wales, there […]
15 Mar 2016

The government should let union members choose how they vote

Tomorrow, the Chancellor will present his budget for the year ahead. But it’s not the only important thing happening: though it won’t be dominating the headlines, the government’s controversial Trade Union Bill will reach one of its final stages in the House of Lords. What is represents is a last chance for the government to reconsider its position on some seriously contentious parts of the Bill […]
18 Feb 2016

Breathing new life into Welsh politics

With great power, comes a great need for accountability. While not the catchiest slogan in the world, as Wales gets more powers this year it’s going to become a truism. Today ERS Cymru are launching our first manifesto - calling on parties to get behind votes at 16, online voting pilots and a monthly ‘Citizens’ Question Time’ in the Assembly in the run up to May’s Assembly election. With the […]
4 Feb 2016

Leanne Wood: We need a Welsh Representation of the People Act

This is a guest blog by Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru. The opinions expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Electoral Reform Society. This week the Electoral Reform Society organised a debate event in Aberystwyth on democracy. As the keynote speaker, I was given the opportunity to outline Plaid Cymru’s proposals for opening up and making our government […]