Alberto Nardelli, election data guru extraordinaire, has a piece in the Guardian which is worth reading on the way that the electorate has changed and will keep on changing. The face of Britain’s electorate has changed and there is a fundamental mismatch between voters and the options on the ballot paper. Labour and the Tories Read More
Who would be the Conservative candidate for Liverpool (Riverside) or the Labour candidate for Wealden? BBC News has a good article talking to people who stand in completely unwinnable constituencies.
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
Interesting article on Cicero Elections about the unreliable history of “confidence and supply” arrangements, though I don’t see them taking the Fixed Term Parliaments Act into account.
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
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
– Niamh Webster (@niamhwebster) explores the importance of political party manifestos in the countdown to the general election The manifestos are out, but reading them all means reading seven or more long documents, some up to 150 pages. At about 185,000 words, the collected manifestos are about three times the length of Brave New World. For Read More
– Guest post by Emily Evans (@EmzieEvs) The new and trending ‘#Milifandom’: a fresh wave of young Labour supporters, or just another ironic hashtag? For those of you who aren’t completely up-to-date with internet slang, this refers to a “fandom” (a group of dedicated, often obsessive, fans) devoted entirely to Ed Miliband (‘milifan’- Miliband, get it?) Read More
– 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
Today the Guardian has published an article by Polly Toynbee entitled Millions of women fail to vote. Did the suffragists suffer in vain?. I was surprised, because according to the British Election Study (BES), there is no meaningful gap between the genders when it comes to voter turnout – with 77% of men and 76% Read More