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Now is the time

Sincere congratulations to Darren Hughes on his appointment as the Electoral Reform Society’s new Chief Executive. He was its Deputy CE. We wish him well and, of course, every success. We very much hope his appointment will lead to the … Continue reading

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Getting a representative you voted for

56% of voters at last month’s General Election are represented by MPs they voted for. That could have been much worse, but the figure is as high as it is probably because of tactical voting so, although many voters are … Continue reading

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Votes and seats

There are some interesting facts about the 2015 General Election in an excellent report on Parliament’s own website, http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/research/key-issues-parliament-2015/parliament-politics/general-election-2015-results and I’m sorry I’ve only just discovered them when the coming 2017 election is about to make them out of date. … Continue reading

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To transform unjust structures of society

The following letter appeared in last Friday’s “Church Times”, but should be of interest to people of all faiths and none if they believe in democracy. It was written by Colin Buchanan, retired Bishop and former President of the Electoral … Continue reading

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Those of Faith Should Think about Voting Reform

This is a guest Post by David Smith Christians try to engage with government over a number of public issues, but must often be frustrated by dumb government decisions. On its website the Joint Public Issues Team (formed by several … Continue reading

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Not what it says on the tin

What a year 2016 was politically! There are three things on which almost all ardent EU Leavers and Remainers probably agree:  The UK’s relationship with the EU is the most important political issue of the day.  The debate … Continue reading

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Reform in the USA

Maine became the first state in the USA yesterday to adopt ranked-choice voting (known as Alternative Vote (AV) in the UK) for gubernatorial, congressional and legislative elections. It is also sometimes called “Instant Runoff Voting” (IRV). Although not proportional, it … Continue reading

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Boundary changes are sticking plaster solution

You can comment in your own words on the Boundaries Commissions’ proposals by pointing out that changing the boundaries of single-member constituencies for FPTP elections is only tinkering with the problem; it’s a short-term sticking plaster solution. For this kind … Continue reading

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Electing a Representative [Federal] Parliament

Canada is reviewing the FPTP voting system it currently uses. Here is a copy of James Gilmour’s excellent evidence of 6 October to the Canadian Parliament’s all-party Special Committee on Electoral Reform that is taking evidence on voting systems: “For … Continue reading

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Dirty Work on the Boundaries

Colin Buchanan wrote an article about the English boundaries review, which Church Times published on 7 October. It reads: “LAST month, a 24-hour news flurry in England heralded a constitutional change. It was not Brexit; it was not another Scottish … Continue reading

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