23 Apr 2012

When is a question not a question?

Whilst many people will mark today, the anniversary of the death of England’s patron saint St George, by flying flags, Morris dancing and campaigning for a new bank holiday, it also seems an apt moment to reconsider the ‘English Question’. Ever since West Lothian MP Tam Dalyell questioned post-devolution arrangements in Westminster, the issue of Scottish and Welsh MPs voting on legislation […]
19 Mar 2012

Reporting back from Welsh Labour Conference

By Owain Llyr ap Gareth, Research and Campaigns Officer, Electoral Reform Society Wales After entering the empty room an hour before the first of our two fringe meetings at the Welsh Labour conference - looking at the rows of empty seats, nursing a quickly stolen cup of coffee before steeling myself for another pass through the conference with leaflets - it came as something of a relief to come […]
22 Nov 2011

Interests aside – what’s right for Wales?

The Electoral Reform Society Wales launched our new report today analysing the results of the Welsh Assembly Elections in May 2011. The report shows what the results could have looked like had they been conducted under different voting systems, taking into account the impact of Westminster’s potential boundary changes. This analysis is particularly relevant as the Secretary of State for Wales has […]
28 Sep 2011

Peter Hain walks into a bar...

Bad jokes are rarely worth repeating , yet this week Peter Hain resurrected his one-liner that the semi-proportional system used to elect the National Assembly for Wales (a combination of 40 First Past The Post seats and 20 AMS list seats) should be scrapped. The issue has come to fore because of the parliamentary boundary review. Presently Assembly and Westminster constituencies share the same […]
25 Jun 2010

Does Size Matter?

We’re hearing a new line on the proposed reduction of the House of Commons. Nick Clegg told the Commons yesterday that “We have a more oversized lower Chamber than any other bicameral system in the developed world.” By our reckoning, there are only ten countries with bicameral systems in the developed world (fourteen if you include presidential systems with bicameral legislatures), so it’s a […]