Tag: Heather Green

Lawful residence rather than the possession of a particular passport should generate the right to vote

Lawful residence rather than the possession of a particular passport should generate the right to vote

In this post Dr. Heather Green, Senior Lecturer, considers the law setting the franchise for the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, which takes place on 23 June of this year. She argues that lawful residence should determine the right to vote, rather than the possession of a UK passport.  Similar PostsOur […]

The Carmichael case shows that we need a stronger public understanding of the key democratic role that election courts perform

The Carmichael case shows that we need a stronger public understanding of the key democratic role that election courts perform

Alistair Carmichael, the Liberal Democrat MP who served as the Secretary of State for Scotland in the 2010-2015 Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition, has survived the court case which threatened to strip him of his Orkney and Shetlands parliamentary seat. Heather Green follows up on her previous article for Democratic Audit, arguing that it is disappointing that public […]

Whatever the outcome, the petitioning electors from Orkney and Shetland should be applauded for their case against Alistair Carmichael

Whatever the outcome, the petitioning electors from Orkney and Shetland should be applauded for their case against Alistair Carmichael

A recent internal government inquiry found that the then-Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael, was responsible for a leak which saw the details of an alleged conversation between Nicola Sturgeon and the French Ambassador to the UK end up in the hands of the press. Here, Heather Green gives details of a case launched […]