• May 25, 2010

    The content of the Queen's speech is easily accessed in a digital age. The 23 Bills which it unveiled will be analysed and debated at length in the coming days and weeks.

  • February 3, 2010

    Having unelected male religious leaders from one denomination in an unelected legislative chamber is unfair, inappropriate and contrary to the Christian message of equality and justice, an audience in parliament heard this week.

  • January 23, 2010

    Apathy is born of impotence, not ignorance. Or so the amazing response to the Power 2010 vote to find the public's top ideas to fix politics would suggest with over 20,000 votes cast in under a week.

  • January 11, 2010

    Different possibilities for electoral reform will come under the parliamentary spotlight today, with Lord Alton's debate on the wider impact of party list systems taking place in the House of Lords on Monday 11 January 2010.

  • December 13, 2009

    Will the government introduce a piece of legislation within the life of this parliament that requires a public referendum on the introduction of an Alternative Vote electoral system for Westminster after the next election? Simon Barrow explores the current political terrain.

  • 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'.

  • November 8, 2009

    These days it isn’t just anxious looking MPs and peers, lobbyists, civil servants, journalists and security officials you’ll find wandering near Westminster, says Simon Barrow. Among other unexpected visitors have been Batman, a troupe of clowns, Basil Brush and his foxy friends, a group of zombies and a super-sized duck home

  • October 28, 2009

    Parliament will be given a chance to vote to open up the finances of quangos and national government today, when it debates strengthening the government's Local Spending Reports.

  • May 23, 2009

    A public opinion poll by ComRes, commissioned by the religion and society thinktank Ekklesia, has challenged the Archbishop of Canterbury's suggestion that democracy will be damaged by the revelations about MPs expenses

  • May 23, 2009

    * 78% say independents should stand where MPs have behaved ‘unethically’
    * 63% believe British democracy would be strengthened if there were more independent MPs
    * 53% say they would ‘seriously consider’ voting for an independent candidate at the next general election