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In the event of a Leave vote Brexit would dominate Westminster for years

Thursday, 28 April 2016

The Constitution Unit, together with the UCL European Institute, is holding a special series of seminars on the implications and consequences of Brexit. The first, on 21 April, focused on the consequences for Westminster and Whitehall. In this post, adapted from his comments on the night, former Clerk of the House of Commons Lord Lisvane […]

The Electoral Commission and the EU referendum

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

The Electoral Commission is entrusted with delivering and regulating the EU referendum. Andrew Scallan CBE, the Commission’s Director of Electoral Administration and Deputy Chief Counting Officer for the referendum, discusses this role, lessons learned from previous referendums and new challenges which may arise this time. On 20 February 2016 the Prime Minister announced his proposal […]

Reforming party funding by stealth and compromise may have longer-term consequences

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Since the 2015 general election the government has introduced two measures –proposals relating to trade union political funds and cuts to Short money – that have the potential to affect the funding of at least some political parties. Justin Fisher argues that reforms such as these that have an asymmetric impact on parties could have […]

Politicians from seven parties endorse citizens’ assemblies to combat democratic inequality and improve the quality of decision-making

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

The Democracy Matters project, which ran two pilot citizens’ assemblies late last year, launched its report at Westminster on 13 April. The launch was celebrated with a panel discussion featuring representatives of seven political parties. John-Paul Saleh reports on the event which saw all of the politicians present voice their support for the citizens’ assembly […]

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