Electoral Reform Society
Democracy campaigner: Cambridge Analytica shows need for tougher transparency rules for political parties
A leading democracy campaigner has said politicians and campaigns should be more open about the consultants they hire to campaign in elections
THE Cambridge Analytica scandal should prompt rule changes around how political parties and campaigns are governed, according to a leading democracy and transparency campaigner.
Grassroots need to have a say in local democracy reform, campaigners argue ahead of 'Our Democracy' event
Local Democracy Bill should give councils more powers and communities more influence, says Matt Baker of the Stove Network
LOCAL GOVERNMENT needs radical reform from the top and bottom to bring power closer to people, ‘Our Democracy’ campaigners have said.
Matt Baker, orchestrator at The Stove Network, a Dumfries-based development trust with over 500 members, and one of the coalition partners in the Our Democracy campaign, told CommonSpace that the organisation feels that it is “working in a vacuum of local democracy”.
Lynn Henderson: The UK electoral system is rigged against workers - here's why trade unions should back reform
Lynn Henderson, PCS National Officer (Scotland and Northern Ireland) and Vice President of the Scottish TUC, backs the STUC’s “small but significant shift” in favour of UK electoral reform, and says new report The Trade Union case for Political Reform shows why it matters to workers
IN APRIL 2017, Unison’s Scottish National Secretary Mike Kerby told trade unionists at the STUC:
Democracy reform campaigners call on parties to reveal 'gender gap'
The government should enact legislation which would ensure parties reported their 'gender gap' of election candidate, according to the ERS
DEMOCRACY group the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) is calling on the UK Government to enact legislation which would require political parties to report on their 'gender gap' of election candidates.
The group say the UK Government should enact existing legislation in the Equality Act which would force political parties to reveal the inequality gap of election candidates.
Let the youth vote: Fresh calls for lowering UK voting age as Welsh Government follows Scotland's example
Comments from the SYP Chair follow backing from the Welsh Government for a voting age of 16
THE SCOTTISH YOUTH PARLIAMENT (SYP), the politically independent elected body representing young people’s interests in Scotland, has strongly reiterated its support for a lower UK voting age, following the announcement that the Welsh Government intends to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in local elections.
Electoral Reform Society backs bill to lower the voting age
Westminster urged to learn from the example of Scotland’s independence referendum
THE ELECTORAL REFORM SOCIETY (ERS) has called on the UK Government to back voting rights for 16 and 17-year-olds as a bill extending the franchise goes before the Commons.
Ahead of the second reading of the Representation of the People (Young People’s Enfranchisement and Education) Bill, which would extend the right to vote in all elections to those aged 16 and over, the Electoral Reform Society has argued it is time for the UK Government to back “a fairer franchise.”
Willie Sullivan: It's time we acted as if we own the place, and here's how we can do it
Director of the Electoral Reform Society Scotland Willie Sullivan says local democracy urgently needs a boost
HERE'S a fact for you: a quarter of Scots in a recent BMG poll for the Electoral Reform Society said they would rather finish the ironing than go and vote in a council election.
Electoral Reform Society launches online tool for grassroots #EUref debates
Move comes after civic figures warn of widespread disengagement from the forthcoming referendum on EU membership
THE ELECTORAL REFORM SOCIETY (ERS) has launched a new online tool to allow citizens across the UK organise their own local EU referendum debates in an atmosphere that departs from the mainstream, politician heavy campaigns.