If we want to restore faith in politics, power needs to come from Westminster to communities. Giving local councils meaningful power is where this could start.
Tessa van Rens looks at whether representation in politics really matters, and whether greater diversity improves decision making.
What is a citizens’ assembly, and can this innovative model of deliberative democracy help get us out of the Brexit deadlock?
In the wake of Theresa May’s deal being rejected, it’s anybody’s guess what happens next. What is clear is that if want to heal the divisions cast wide open by Brexit, and address the root causes that drove a majority of voters to support leaving the EU, we need to embark on a democratic revolution.
Brexit has left the UK’s political system and future mired in uncertainty. But it has also made one thing exceptionally clear: that the UK’s constitutional settlement does not protect the democratic functions it is assumed to serve and is no longer fit for purpose in a modern democracy.
Brexit Britain needs is a rebooted democracy, and new polling by Unlock Democracy and YouGov shows that the public agrees.
Today, the US sees the most important set of elections since Trump’s election two years ago. With every seat in the House and a third of the Senate up for grabs, the result will have a huge impact on the president’s ability to implement his agenda.
We are facing a myriad of challenges. Whether that be the uncertain future of the NHS, a social care system under strain from an ageing population, the rise of precarious work, or the climate crisis (to name but a few), the issues are big, and won’t go away with wishful thinking.
That leave campaigners were able to systematically cheat the EU referendum shows how unequal political power is in the UK. It’s time for the people to decide where power should lie.
Tuesday saw the long-awaited return of the EU Withdrawal Bill to the House of Commons. MPs convened to consider a basket of amendments to the bill passed by the House of Lords that the government didn’t want.
The government has fought, kicking and screaming, against giving our elected representatives in Parliament a whisper of a debate - let alone a vote - on the withdrawal agreement with the EU.
There’s a housing crisis in the UK, and yet unbelievably, councillors are still allowed to be on the payroll of developers and property lobbying firms. We take a look at some of the key ethical issues in local government lobbying.
The House of Lords has voted to amend the government’s flagship Brexit legislation, the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. What changes did peers make which have gotten corners of the press and some Eurosceptic MPs so anguished?
When it comes to whether the lives of British troops should be put on the line in Syria, Parliament is powerless to act, and the Prime Minister is accountable to no one. Unaccountable power and an unacceptable process of undemocratic decision making have crystallised why the UK’s archaic unwritten constitution is so problematic.
Unlock Democracy is calling for an urgent and immediate overhaul of electoral law and extended powers for the Electoral Commission, in light of allegations that Vote Leave has broken electoral law.
Another year, another major scandal revolving around big money distorting our democracy. But cutting through the noise, this is really a story about the same old tricks being used with different packaging.
The border on the isle of Ireland has becoming a key sticking point in Brexit talks. Brian Gormally, the Director of the Committee on the Administration of Justice, a Belfast based human rights NGO, explains why this issue is so important.
The lack of diversity in parliament is symptomatic of a system that inherently benefits the status quo. The Centenary anniversary of the Representation of the People Act should mark a time for celebration as well as an impetus for change.
After months of the government making key decisions about Brexit behind closed doors, we’ve found a way the public can have a say.
Unlock Democracy is part of the Centenary Action Group, a new coalition.
What you need to know about the Withdrawal Bill as it heads to the House of Lords.
In the wake of the government’s major defeat on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, many myths have arisen that have wrongly attributed both motivations for why Parliament made the decision it did, and what the consequences of that decision are. We thought we’d shed some light on what is actually going on and clear up the main myths that have come out of the debates.
A debate which saw the government defeated for the first time on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill saw an engaging and thoughtful discussion amongst MPs that raised a number of questions, like: where should decisions making lie? What does a ‘meaningful’ vote look like? What should the balance of power be the between Parliament and Government?
In terms of politics, 2017 has been a bumper year for scandals. We think the abundance of scandals is a fair indicator of whether or not our political system is working well. So we thought we’d reflect on the biggest blunders and disreputable deeds of the last twelve months.
The EU (Withdrawal) Bill as drafted undermines the hard-won devolution settlements that have brought stability and peace to the UK’s people. We’re calling on supporters to #StopThePowerGrab of Westminster ministers and support our current devolution settlements.