electoral reform

14 Dec 2016

MPs are getting organised for a fairer voting system

Last month, we saw a symbolic step forward in the Parliamentary push for fair votes. 16 Parliamentarians gathered in Portcullis House on the 29 th November for the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Proportional Representation. And it was a truly cross-party affair. From Labour’s Jon Cruddas to the Conservatives’ Ben Howlett, and from Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas to the […]
9 Nov 2016

Maine makes history as first state to back fair votes

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. The northern New England state passed an initiative to introduce 'ranked voting' - the Alternative Vote system that allows people to pick candidates by order of preference. With […]
3 Nov 2016

Electoral reform is making waves across the Atlantic

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 US voters prepare to pick their next President, there’s another interesting vote happening which we’re keeping a close eye on. In the state of Maine, voters are heading to the ballot box in five days to decide whether to adopt ‘ranked voting’ (the […]
27 Oct 2016

Forget standing down in Richmond: parties shouldn’t have to make that choice

This article was published on Politics.co.uk Almost as quickly as Zac Goldsmith announced his resignation this week, talk turned to the other parties in the race: should they clear the way for a candidate with a better chance of beating him? Within hours we had articles about ‘progressive alliances’ – pacts of left-of-centre parties standing aside to give the Liberal Democrat candidate to a clear […]
26 Sep 2016

Why PR must be at the heart of Labour's reform agenda: Katie Ghose at #Lab16

The following is based on Katie Ghose’s speech at the launch of the Fabian Society’s new report on democratic reform ('Politics by People') at Labour Party conference on the 25 th September. You can read about the Fabians’ democracy charter, signed by over 50 senior labour movement figures, here: www.fabiandemocraticreform.org.uk Firstly, thank you to the Fabian Society and the Joseph Rowntree […]
7 Sep 2016

The next four years for reform: our 2020 strategy

Over the past few years, the Electoral Reform Society has gone from strength to strength. As the world’s oldest pro-democracy organisation, we have a long history of fighting to build a better democracy. And now we’ve reached an exciting new chapter in that history. At the ERS we want to build a democracy fit for the 21st century. So we’re proud to be taking our work to the next level, with the […]
25 Aug 2016

‘The Alternative’: Creative thinking for reformers

It’s only by working together that we can achieve the change we need. So it’s great to see that a healthy conversation has started on how to do this even better in the years ahead. Today sees the launch of a new book charting the way forward for progressive reform, featuring a wide range of democratic thinkers, activists and politicians. ‘ The Alternative: Towards a New Progressive Politics ’ , […]
8 Jul 2016

Why electoral reform is a trade union issue

This is an article from Rory Scothorne and Josiah Mortimer ahead of the Unite union's policy conference starting this weekend. The text is from the ERS' new trade union leaflet ' Trade Unions and Electoral Reform ', and follows an overwhelming vote at last year's TUC conference to look again at the need for electoral reform. The image, from the British Library, is of a Chartist meeting held at […]
10 May 2016

8 things last week’s elections tell us about Britain’s changing politics

Last week’s ‘Super Thursday’ of elections was gold-dust for democracy lovers. It saw elections in Wales and London for their Assemblies, in Scotland for the Holyrood Parliament, in councils across England, in England and Wales for the Police and Crime Commissioners, and for Mayors in London, Bristol, Salford and Liverpool. Here are seven things we can learn from Super Thursday: 1. Politics is […]