• October 11, 2014

    Unlock Democracy has published a report recommending that voters, not a UK parliamentary committee, be given the power to recall their MP.

  • January 16, 2014

    Even with the changes agreed as result of the Report Stage in the House of Lords this week, the UK government's Lobbying Bill remains a huge restriction on civil society campaigning compared to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

  • January 15, 2014

    A series of amendments are being tabled to the Lobbying Bill by Lord Harries today (15 January 2014), for which we offer a full briefing below.

  • August 30, 2013

    Having followed some six hours of the House of Commons debate on Syria yesterday (29 August), while channeling news, commentary and media requests for Ekklesia, it was evident to me that concern, questioning and scepticism were the dominant feelings being expressed.

  • June 15, 2013

    The political reform group Unlock Democracy has welcomed the Scottish Government's decision to introduce a formal lobbying register.

  • March 25, 2013

    The report by the McKay Commission says that English-only laws should normally need backing by a majority of MPs representing English constituencies.

  • November 14, 2012

    Ordinary members of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority at Westminster will not reapply for their positions and say it is being undermined.

  • November 11, 2012

    Good science-based predictions are powerful, says Graeme Smith, Reader in Public Theology at the University of Chichester. But given that politics is a human activity, he disagrees with Rorty that those in the humanities cannot do it as well. Turning humanities-based soothsayer for a moment, Dr Smith sets out the reasons why he thinks that the Labour Party will (just) form the next government at Westminster, concluding: "you read it here first."

  • November 4, 2012

    Thousands of concerned citizens have signed an open letter to Speaker of the House of Commons, demanding the release of expenses data.

  • November 3, 2012

    There is room for real, substantial reform to the EU budget and many other aspects of the functioning and policy of European institutions, says Simon Barrow. But to address these issues properly, Britain’s political leaders should abandon rather than feed the narrow Westminster mindset that the recent EU budget row exemplifies.