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Local elections: diverse voices are being drowned out by the undemocratic voting system in England and Wales

Local elections: diverse voices are being drowned out by the undemocratic voting system in England and Wales

England’s local councillors are elected under a First Past the Post electoral system with multi-member wards. As a result, Chris Terry argues, the results will be strongly non-proportional and so the system needs to be reformed.   

75 more votes in the right places – that’s all the Conservatives would have needed to govern alone

75 more votes in the right places – that’s all the Conservatives would have needed to govern alone

If just 75 people in the right constituencies had voted differently in the 2017 General Election, Theresa May would now have a working majority in the Commons. Chris Terry (Electoral Reform Society) examines some of the more extraordinary anomalies thrown up by the first-past-the-post system this year. In North East Fife the SNP beat the […]

Who’s going to hold the new metro mayors to account?

Who’s going to hold the new metro mayors to account?

Six English mayors will be elected on 4 May. They will enjoy extensive new powers. But who will hold them to account? Unlike in London, no directly-elected assembly will scrutinise the mayors’ action. Chris Terry warns that councillors need to step up to the role – and the method of electing councils themselves makes this deeply problematic. Similar […]

Ireland demonstrates that you can have both proportional representation and a constituency link

Ireland demonstrates that you can have both proportional representation and a constituency link

Ireland just held a General Election using an electoral system which, unlike the UK’s, has a proportional element. Here, Chris Terry argues that the Irish election provided strong evidence that candidate-centred (rather than list-centred) proportional representation using the Single Transferable Vote, and localised politics with a constituency link, can go hand-in-hand. Similar PostsLocal elections: diverse […]

Blocking the Front National from power risks increasing its supporters’ disenchantment with the political system

Blocking the Front National from power risks increasing its supporters’ disenchantment with the political system

Despite leading in six out of 13 regions in the first round of the French regional elections on 6 December, Marine Le Pen’s Front National finished in third place on Sunday. Chris Terry writes that this swing of fortunes is in a large part due to the two round electoral system used, which in many […]

Deliberative democracy is starting a quiet democratic revolution worldwide

Deliberative democracy is starting a quiet democratic revolution worldwide

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a series of citizens’ assemblies, organised by the Electoral Reform Society in partnership with academics from Sheffield, Southampton and London, which will be taking place in Southampton and Sheffield over the next month. In this article, Chris Terry discusses the trend of grassroots deliberation which has been gaining momentum since […]

The 2015 General Election was further proof that First Past the Post is not fit for purpose

The 2015 General Election was further proof that First Past the Post is not fit for purpose

The 2015 General Election produced an unexpected majority government, however it did so despite the rise of smaller parties such as the Greens and UKIP, who between them only won 2 seats, despite polling around 5 million votes. Chris Terry and Jess Garland argue that the result shows that the First Past the Post electoral […]

Britain’s voting system is partially responsible for holding back women’s representation

Britain’s voting system is partially responsible for holding back women’s representation

The proportion of women elected to parliament in the UK remains low compared to other countries. In this post, Chris Terry examines the gender balance of parliamentary candidates for the upcoming election, and concludes that some progress is being made. Nevertheless, he suggests switching to a system of proportional representation would increase the descriptive representation […]

Party system fragmentation is incompatible with our electoral system

Party system fragmentation is incompatible with our electoral system

The 2010 general election was notable in multiple respects, and will be recorded by history as the election which saw Britain’s first post-war coalition government. Yet, perhaps just as notable is the breaking of the record for the vote won by ‘other’ parties outside the big three of Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. In this […]

Strengthening the role of citizens and national parliaments in decision-making is key to solving the EU’s democratic deficit

Strengthening the role of citizens and national parliaments in decision-making is key to solving the EU’s democratic deficit

The European Union has often been accused of having a ‘democratic deficit’. Ahead of the recent European elections, Chris Terry outlined proposals put forward by the Electoral Reform Society in the UK for improving EU democracy. Among other reforms, he suggests that improving the representativeness of MEPs by using open-list voting systems, increasing the accountability of the […]