Labour under pressure to commit to voting reform
The party is set to debate adopting Proportional Representation (PR) for General Elections at its annual conference.
Welsh Government to block voter ID bill
The Welsh Government has taken the rare step of refusing to recommend consent for the UK Elections Bill.
New polls timetable would cause ‘catastrophic failure’
Officers have said holding General Elections would be ‘impossible’ under proposals to shorten the time allowed for preparations.
Voter ID law must be 'necessary and proportionate,' MPs warn
The Government must explain why a new law to make voter ID mandatory is both necessary and proportionate, MPs and peers have said today.
White van man on... voting
It’s damn obvious to me that the Government doesn’t want us to vote. I mean, it’s not exactly a lovely experience trekking down to some draughty church hall to be met by a frosty jobsworth who runs a ruler over a list of names like you’re turning up for the first day at school.
It will be hard for many to see the value of spending millions on introducing voter ID
The Government wants to introduce a requirement for photo ID. This will be even more difficult to ‘sell’ to the public than mixed-ID for voters and will need even more resources, says Paul Shevlin.
Welsh government proposes placing polling stations in colleges
People in Wales may soon be able to vote for their local representatives as they go about their weekly shop or finish their lessons.
Photo ID for elections will be even more difficult to 'sell' to the public
The Government now wants to introduce a requirement for photo ID for elections. Paul Shevlin says this will be even more difficult to ‘sell’ to the public than mixed-ID and will need even more resources.
Voter ID 'colossal waste of money,' says Labour
Proposals to introduce voter ID are a ‘colossal waste of money,’ Labour has argued.
‘Sweeping reform’ of elections required
Election officers have warned of an electoral system that is in 'danger of failing’.
The chasm between the rule-makers and the ruled has been viscerally brought to life by differing attitudes to and experiences of lockdown restrictions, according to Baroness Claire Fox.
Beautiful, popular, healthy and sustainable new places are what we all want
The public does not feel politicians are doing enough to tackle the housing crisis, says Ben Page. He looks at what councils will have to do to win through on their plans.
Election officials voice concerns over voter ID
The Association of Electoral Administrators has said burdens must be fully funded by the Government and sufficient time given to prepare.
Council cyber security 'disjointed and under-resourced'
Cyber security across councils is ‘disjointed and under-resourced,’ it has been claimed.
The top national job, that’s more local than you think
Heather Jameson asks: 'Who would want to be Prime Minister when it is the local government issues that he needs to solve?'
Redrawing the boundaries
Parliamentary Boundary Commission proposals to change constituency boundaries have the potential to impact how the residents we serve are represented. Sir Bob Neill argues for councils to make their voices heard on where boundaries should lie.
Surrey chief part of four-strong team of Liverpool commissioners
Surrey CC’s chief executive Joanna Killian will be part of the team of independent commissioners who will oversee improvements at Liverpool City Council, local government secretary Robert Jenrick has announced today.
Metro mayors’ mission is clear
Arianna Giovannini considers the results of the metro mayors’ elections and what they tell us about the ‘devolution revolution’ promised by former chancellor George Osborne in 2014.
Localism is important to the electorate
Janice Morphet looks at the electoral response to the management of the pandemic in England, and considers what the results mean for future devolution.
Macarena movers count
Vote counters at Broadland and South Norfolk dancing the Macarena grabbed the attention when a video staff tweeted went viral.