political parties

  • October 9, 2012

    With 'the big three' parties all singing from the same austerity hymn sheet and promising cuts in social security that differ mainly in degree, says Simon Barrow, it is surely the most vulnerable in society who are set to be the biggest losers from the conference season political jamborees.

  • November 22, 2011

    Political reform group Unlock Democracy has called for the government to scrap its plans to introduce expensive elected police commissioner elections.

  • November 21, 2011

    Political parties must not use opposition to UK party funding as an excuse to block caps on donations, says leading political reform NGO Unlock Democracy.

  • October 28, 2011

    The Occupy protests, environmental movements and civic revolutions across the world are suggesting that there is a whole world of politics available outwith the narrow party perspectives that still dominate the electoral machinery of Western democracies, says Simon Barrow. Party posturing is looking increasingly irrelevant. A spirit of change is in the air.

  • September 18, 2011

    A new poll by the Committee on Standards in Public Life indicates widespread public mistrust towards major donors to political parties.

  • April 6, 2011

    One of the Church of Scotland’s most senior ministers has challenged the parties contending the 5 May elections not to hide their policy proposals.

  • September 18, 2010

    Leaders and representatives of five Church organisations meet with politicians and activists at the three largest party conferences this autumn.

  • July 9, 2010

    The reform group Unlock Democracy has said that the question of how political parties are funded is a "ticking time bomb" for the UK parliament.

  • April 14, 2010

    As the latest opinion polls show a narrowing election lead for the Tories, political reform campaigners are launching a bold "Hang 'Em - until they change" initiative.

  • February 22, 2010

    Politics and personality have always been intertwined in the modern era, says Simon Barrow. The increasing glitz and media saturation makes it even more necessary to look past image towards substance - as in religion, too.