Parliamentary reform process must go deep, say campaigners

By staff writers
November 24, 2009

Politicians must not be allowed to duck the challenge of systemic change, say campaigners responding to the publication of the House of Commons Reform Committee Report entitled 'Rebuilding the House'.

Peter Facey, director of the pressure group Unlock Democracy, declared today: "We welcome this important report. However without more fundamental reform, these recommendations will merely paper over the cracks of an increasingly fragile democratic institution, and represent little more than political DIY."

Facey added: "Only a House of Commons elected with a more proportional electoral system will be truly responsive to the public and restore trust in the so called Mother of Parliaments. We therefore urge the Government to introduce legislation enabling a referendum to be held in the Parliament without delay."

He added: "These are important recommendations which strengthen the House of Commons and return power from the Executive to Parliament. However MPs must recognise that to properly rebuild the House they cannot do it all by themselves. That is why we urge all MPs to support the Citizens’ Convention Bill, to give the public a central role in deciding how the political system should be reformed."

Unlock Democracy is a leading UK campaign for democracy, rights and freedoms. It was formed in 2007 and is the successor organisation to Charter 88 and the New Politics Network.

The campaign is part of the Power2010 coalition ( calling for fundamental parliamentary reform and a new form of grassroots-driven politics in Britain. Ekklesia is also part of the coalition.

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