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UK House of Commons debates proportional representation

The debate over electoral reform for the United Kingdom has moved a small step forward, with a debate in the House of Commons on the subject. In response to well-supported … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

UK Conservatives’ early election call cost them majority

Had UK Prime Minister Theresa May waited several months to call an election, her Conservative government might have retained its House of Commons majority in a smaller Parliament, even on … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Will the UK ever get revised electoral boundaries?

The UK Government is pondering yet another major delay to a redistribution of House of Commons constituency boundaries, according to a report in The Times. If true, the House of … Continue reading

September 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Scottish may be the key to UK electoral reform

If at any time soon the British Parliament legislates to reform the nation’s electoral system, it will almost certainly require the support of the Scottish National Party. After the recent … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Millions of British Voters Had No Choice

Millions of Britons could not exercise a proper choice at last June’s national elections, according to a new report from the British Electoral Reform Society. The ERS report condemns the continued … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Next UK electoral boundaries will leave ‘youth surge’ out

By late 2018 Britain is set to have new constituency boundaries for future House of Commons elections. But they will be based on December 2015 voter registration numbers, leaving out … Continue reading

June 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

The present – and near future – of UK tactical voting

Was the hung-parliament result of this month’s British elections affected by tactical voting? Indeed it was – and even more so will the next election be, if it is held … Continue reading

June 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Irish Unionists are nervous as vote patterns shift

The UK government stumbling towards a political accomodation with the Irish unionist DUP party comes at a time of increasing edginess for the unionist movement. Voters in both the Republic … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lack of compromise training may hurt English Conservatives

English Tory politicians may rue the fact that decades of devotion to the first-part-the-post system leaves them untrained in the art of multi-party compromise. After Thursday’s shock election result, a … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

UK Election 2017 – WTF just happened?

England is the Mother of Parliaments, according to John Bright (1852). But the results of the June 8 UK election will instead read the Riot Act (1714) to those who … Continue reading

June 9, 2017 · Leave a comment