Local Elections

11 Apr 2017

A month before polling day, nearly 100 candidates in Wales have already won

Voting is an essential part of democratic life - from Mayoral contests to Westminster elections. Yet in an alarming number of places next month, voters in Wales will be denied a vote. That’s not because there aren’t elections happening – there are. It’s because in 92 local council seats, there’s only one candidate standing: which means there’s no ballot box. Those 92 candidates have won before […]
6 Jan 2016

2016: A Year in Democracy

Last year was a busy one for democracy – so it was busy for us at the ERS too. We called out the most disproportionate election in British history, brought to light scandals in the House of Lords, ran two ‘ Citizens Assemblies ’, promoted the Proportional Representation Bill , and challenged the government on English Votes for English Laws , votes at 16 , cuts to opposition funding , and a whole […]
1 May 2015

Election Cancelled

There has been a shocking increase in the number of uncontested seats in some English councils up for election this May. The Eden District Council in Cumbria has already declared 21 of its 38 available seats, meaning that a clear majority of the council (55%) has been returned before the election has even taken place. This is up from 50% of seats in 2011. Similarly, in South Northamptonshire in […]