Guest Blogger

1 Jul 2016

Brexit and our broken electoral system

This is a guest blog, originally published by Noel Longhurst . The opinions expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Electoral Reform Society. Ever since the result of the EU referendum became clear early last Friday morning, those on the side of Remain have sought to point the finger of blame. Depending on your particular perspective, Leave voters, David […]
15 Feb 2016

Call me maybe - why the Scottish Lobbying Bill gets it wrong on digital comms

This is a guest blog, originally published by the Scottish Alliance for Lobbying Transparency . The opinions expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Electoral Reform Society. By Pete Mills, Unlock Democracy Is there a big difference between a Skype call and a phone call? Not really, you might think. One can use video, the other can’t; one uses your data, […]
25 Jan 2016

5 Myths About the Scottish Lobbying Bill

This is a guest post by Pete Mills from Unlock Democracy In the first week back after Christmas, MSPs debated a Bill to introduce a lobbying register designed to let ordinary people know who is trying to influence our politicians. During the debate, we heard powerful calls from MSPs - including the influential Standards Committee - to expand the register so that it gives a clear picture of […]
18 Dec 2015

Jonathan Reynolds' Speech

This blog is a guest post from Jonathan Reynolds MP. Jonathan delivered this speech in the House of Commons on Wednesday 16 December as a motion for leave to bring in the Representation of the People (Proportional Representation) (House of Commons) Bill. Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde) (Lab/Co-op): I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Representation of the […]
24 Nov 2015

Caroline Lucas MP: "We can’t let our constitution be rewritten behind closed doors"

This is a guest post from Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion Devolution deals signed across the country with barely any public involvement, and a review of the House of Lords led by a Conservative hereditary Peer – it seems that our constitution is being re-shaped behind closed doors. Let’s start with devolution. Plans to hand councils more powers are being signed across the country as we […]
4 Sep 2015

Not such a good idea: Why you should think twice about online voting

The following is a guest blog from Jason Kitcat , who is on the Advisory Council for digital campaigners, the Open Rights Group . At first blush it’s understandable why many would think that Internet voting is a good idea… shouldn’t it be faster, better and cheaper than our current paper-based voting system? Wouldn’t such a modern, convenient system encourage more people to vote? If we can shop […]
5 May 2015

A personal history of First Past the Post 1950 – 2010

This blog is a guest piece by one of our members, Alan Errock. I’m now 86 and have voted in election after election, but my vote has seldom counted towards the result. Here is my history of a life under First Past the Post. I was 21 years old (the voting age at the time) in March 1950 and was living in my parents ' home in Nottinghamshire at that time. I completed a degree in Physics with […]
16 Feb 2015

When NOTA wins

This is a guest post by ERS member and NOTA UK researcher Rohin Vadera. The views, opinions and positions expressed within are those of the author alone and do not necessarily represent those of the Electoral Reform Society. The possibility of getting ‘None of the Above’ (NOTA) on the ballot is now changing from being an interesting, though largely ignored, fringe proposal to becoming a reality […]
11 Feb 2015

#MergerHeWrote: Steve Reed MP on Sharing Power With Citizens

Our second article in the Merger He Wrote series is from guest writer Steve Reed. Steve is Labour MP for Croydon North, UK Shadow Minister for Crime Prevention, and Hon. President of the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network. He was Leader of Lambeth Council 2006-12. There are 24 councils in the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network right across the UK. Their aim is to transform the way they […]
30 Jan 2015

A steampunk system

This is a guest post by Plaid Cymru Assembly Member Simon Thomas, discussing his recent speech on young people and democracy for ERS Cymru. The views, opinions and positions expressed within are those of the author alone and do not represent those of the Electoral Reform Society. I was 15 when the first referendum on Welsh devolution was held, and I so much wanted to vote. 58% voted in 1979 and […]