Elections

Defending the Neutral Ground: Election Coverage in the Algorithmic Era 

By: Cassandra Somers-Joce

Election rules and debates may sometimes feel like relics of a bygone era – an era in which politicians communicated with the electorate through a handful of broadcasters and newspapers. Instead, social media now plays an increasing role as a … [Read more...] about Defending the Neutral Ground: Election Coverage in the Algorithmic Era 

The Three Constitutional Questions for Voters This Election

By: Simon Griffiths

For much of the twentieth century, it was Labour – or at least its leadership – that were the constitutional conservatives. The Labour prime minister, Clement Attlee, argued the Party was “resolved to preserve the essential fabric of the British … [Read more...] about The Three Constitutional Questions for Voters This Election

Early Election? More Like a Return to Normal

By: Peter Heaton-Jones

Much has been made of Rishi Sunak’s decision to call an ‘early’ general election. But 4 July is only ‘early’ relative to the latest date an election could legally be held, in January 2025, and we shouldn’t be surprised that the Prime Minister hasn’t … [Read more...] about Early Election? More Like a Return to Normal

Reforming Party Funding: No Silver Bullets

By: Ed Selkirk Ford

The starting gun on the next general election has yet to be fired, but party apparatchiks have already spent years fighting a hidden campaign: not over votes, but cold, hard cash. As party HQs woo the wealthy, party members across the country have … [Read more...] about Reforming Party Funding: No Silver Bullets

Should long-term emigrants be allowed to vote?

By: David Klemperer

In January of this year, to relatively little fanfare, the UK Government extended voting rights to people who no longer live in the UK. In secondary legislation putting into effect the 2022 Elections Act, the previous 15-year time-limit on overseas … [Read more...] about Should long-term emigrants be allowed to vote?

England’s 50 Presidents: Your Vote on May 2nd

By: Colin Talbot

On May 2nd voters in England will elect 50 ‘presidents’. They are not actually called presidents, but they have many of the features of a presidential form of government. So who are these ‘presidents’ and how did the UK, or more specifically … [Read more...] about England’s 50 Presidents: Your Vote on May 2nd

Police and Crime Commissioners need your vote next month

By: James Sweetland

It’s fair to say that the creation of elected PCCs – that’s Police and Crime Commissioners – didn’t get off to the best of starts.  Introduced under the Coalition government, these new politicians were first elected back in 2012. Prior to polling … [Read more...] about Police and Crime Commissioners need your vote next month

The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act (PPERA) 2000

By: James Sweetland

On Thursday, voters will head to the polls in the Rochdale by-election. They’ll be voting to replace Sir Tony Lloyd, the late Labour politician who spent a remarkable 36 years as an MP, including seven representing Rochdale.  It was expected … [Read more...] about The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act (PPERA) 2000

The pre-election period: Purdah on the dancefloor 

By: Alys Thomas

Introduction  The latest date the next UK General Election can be held is 28 January 2025. That must be called before 17 December 2024, when the Prime Minister must ask the Monarch to dissolve Parliament. The ‘pre-election period’ (previously … [Read more...] about The pre-election period: Purdah on the dancefloor 

Observing the introduction of Voter ID in 2023 in England

By: John Ault

When I wrote my last article for the Constitution Society in December, it focused on the impact on local authorities of the forthcoming introduction of ID to vote. Following the elections on May 4th there is now a wider discussion taking … [Read more...] about Observing the introduction of Voter ID in 2023 in England