Katie Ghose

7 Feb 2017

How to shrink the Lords: have your say today

A double-decker Lords: on the cards if it continues to grow? (Pic: ERS) If you think the House of Lords is in dire need of a shakeup, it’s time to tell Peers what you think. An inquiry by the Lord Speaker's committee is looking at how to shrink our bloated upper chamber. This week the Daily Mirror launched a push for readers and members of the public to speak their minds on cutting the House of […]
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 […]
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 ’ , […]
30 Jun 2016

We can do referendums better in the UK. Here's how.

This article was first published by Times Red Box Last week’s referendum raised some serious questions about the nature of the democracy we have – and the type we want to create. Unlike other countries, in the UK we do referendums on an ad hoc basis, often to resolve (or try to resolve) internal party rifts. Nowhere was that more clearly seen than with the EU vote. But given the current post- […]
27 Jan 2016

Q&A with Katie Ghose: "We need a democracy fit for the 21st century"

The interview below was first published by the online magazine Blue & Green Tomorrow . Katie became Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society in 2010. A campaigner and barrister with a background in human rights law and immigration, she served as a Commissioner on the Independent Asylum Commission from 2006-2008, where she helped to conduct the biggest ever independent review of the UK […]