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
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
The Labour Party has recently come in for criticism over a series of online advertisements alleging, among other things, that Rishi Sunak doesn’t think perpetrators of sexual offences against children should go to prison. The adverts cite as their … [Read more...] about UK elections law: complex, fragmented and in need of reform?
Fair elections are the basis from which we choose our representatives to send to the local council or even to Parliament. This might seem something of a statement of the obvious, but people rarely realise that the methodology of such elections has … [Read more...] about May the 4th be with them! Voter ID is no longer far, far away
As an election observer, I am used to observing elections in the UK and outside it with the election observation organisation, Democracy Volunteers. Following our observations, we make recommendations to election authorities about how to improve … [Read more...] about Elections change is largest in almost a century
On 5 September, the Conservative Party will announce its new leader, and Britain’s next Prime Minister. After five rounds of voting, Conservative MPs have narrowed the choice down to two candidates, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak. But the final decision … [Read more...] about Party members choosing Prime Ministers – a constitutional concern?