Blogs

31 Oct 2016

Calling for ‘progressive alliances’ is brave. But it should never be necessary

This article was first published at LabourList Last week, three Labour MPs did something that takes courage. In calling for Labour to stand aside in Richmond Park, they were pushing for a more collaborative form of politics – one of pluralism and inter-party cooperation. On Wednesday, they wrote for LabourList: “If there is any chance of kicking Goldsmith out of Parliament, the vote against him […]
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 […]
24 Oct 2016

It's time to 'take back control' of money in politics

The following is a guest post from Steve Goodrich, Senior Research Officer at Transparency International UK. The views, opinions and positions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Electoral Reform Society. Although Brexit has divided opinion across the country there’s one thing that everyone’s united on: it’s a massive deal. Some see it as a great […]
14 Oct 2016

Time to beef up the London Assembly?

It’s fair to say that the London Assembly doesn’t get a great deal of attention – despite having a strong claim to being the hub of devolved politics in England. So for European Local Democracy Week we thought we’d shine a spotlight on it. We’ve published four articles on London democracy from key commentators – please read, share, and let us know your thoughts in the comments: 1. For the first […]
14 Oct 2016

How to give the London Assembly the clout it needs

This week is European Local Democracy Week 2016 , and to mark it, we've been running a series of articles on how to make the London Assembly more democratic. Today, Martin Hoscik , Editor of MayorWatch , gives his view on what reforms could be made to strengthen the clout of the Assembly to hold the Mayor to account. This is an external guest blog, and the views, opinions and positions expressed […]
13 Oct 2016

It's time to rebalance the powers of the London Mayor and Assembly

This week is European Local Democracy Week 2016 , and to mark it, we're running a series of articles on how to make the London Assembly more democratic. For the first two articles in the 'Building a Better London Democracy' series, ERS Policy and Public Affairs Officer Charley Jarrett argued that switching to the Single Transferable Vote for Assembly elections would be better for voters and […]
11 Oct 2016

PR across the pond: the push for fair votes in the US

This week is European Local Democracy Week 2016 , and to mark it, we're running a series of discussion articles on how to make the London Assembly more democratic. Yesterday we published our first piece in the series , calling for the Single Transferable Vote for the Assembly. The following is a guest post from Rob Richie , Executive Director of FairVote – the organisation campaigning for a […]
10 Oct 2016

A better voting system for the London Assembly

This week is European Local Democracy Week 2016 , and to mark it, we're running a series of articles on how to make the London Assembly more democratic. For the first article in the 'Building a Better London Democracy' series, ERS Policy and Public Affairs Officer Charley Jarrett argues that switching to the Single Transferable Vote for Assembly elections would be better for voters and politics […]
30 Sep 2016

The Return of the Gerrymander

With all the media attention focusing on the upcoming American Presidential Election, it’s easy to forget that it isn’t the only election happening on that day. Voters up and down the country will be voting in local referendums, for Senators, for Representatives and for a host of local elected positions. The Democrats are currently leading in the polls for Congressional elections by six points […]
28 Sep 2016

“Plîs, Syr, Gallwn Gael Ychydig Mwy?”: Rhaglen Lywodraethu Cymru

Pan ddatganwyd y byddai Llywodraeth Cymru yn gohirio ei Raglen Llywodraethu am 100 diwrnod, mi gododd fy nisgwyliadau. Gan gymryd i ystyriaeth y shifft tectonig enfawr yn Brexit, bod arweinyddiaeth newydd yn Llywodraeth y DU, ac yn dilyn y rhifyddeg Cynulliad ei bod ei ddull o bennu penderfyniadau yn gorfod bod yn fwy cynhwysol o’r pleidiau eraill, roedd hyn yn ffordd resymegol ymlaen. O ystyried […]