Author: Kelly McBride

Dissolution of Parliament and the pre-election period

Today is significant not only because it’s the launch of the Democratic Society’s 2015 General Election blog (hooray!), but also because it marks two other important events in the general election calendar: the dissolution of Parliament in the United Kingdom, and the beginning of a pre-election period commonly known as ‘purdah’. But what are these Read More

Citizen action for democracy: a recent experience

Camilla Child of The Tavistock Institute writes about a recent experience of citizen action for democracy in this guest blog post for Demsoc. You can find her on Twitter @CamillaChild At the last election, the newly created Hampstead and Kilburn constituency was a closely contested three-way marginal. Labour’s Glenda Jackson had a majority of 42 votes Read More

Reaching to the Converted: Turning Young Peoples Social Media Engagement into Democratic Participation

Demsoc’s Kelly McBride (@Kelly_McB) takes a look at the development of digital and social media initiatives to encourage young people to get registered and voting in the 2015 General Election. The 2010 General Election was heralded as the first of the social media age and arrived with an accompanying buzz about how it would change political engagement in the Read More

Are you ready for a Constitutional Convention?

– Titus Alexander, Convenor of Democracy Matters, asks if we are ready for a Constitutional Convention in this guest blog for Demsoc. The footprints of history spook this election: the next parliament runs from the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta on 15 June to the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, Read More

How the manifestos stack up on digital and democratic reform

Andy Williamson, Governor of Demsoc, has written about how the different General Election manifestos stack up on digital and democratic reform. Covered in two articles, the analysis looks at four areas: broadband, digital inclusion, open government and democratic reform. Read analysis for Labour and Conservatives Read analysis for the Greens, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and UKIP

How I bagged visits from my local candidates using Twitter

Kit Bradshaw, a public sector press officer, writes about how he used Twitter to secure visits from two prospective parliamentary candidates. You can find Kit on Twitter @kitbradshaw and read his blog online. The mediocrity of this year’s General Election campaign was brought into sharp focus by #Milifandom. The extent of the coverage it received just shows how Read More

The Seats to Watch

If you’re planning to pull an all-nighter to watch the election results, New Statesman’s Stephen Bush has written a guide jolietta in canada about the seats to watch out for. What are the parties saying about the key seats on election night, when will they declare, and what will they mean? Click here to find out.

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