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Latest Government & Politics Publications
This new research note surveys existing work on the subject to show that the Alternative Vote system would create far more problems than it has a hope of solving.
This report tests the Alternative Vote in six key areas: proportionality; safe seats; decisive results; wasted votes; tactical voting and MPs being elected on less than 50% of the vote and finds that in only one (the latter) does it constitute an improvement over First Past the Post.
Local Seats for Local People? finds that the Boundary Review process in the UK is inefficient and produces undemocratic results. The report sets out proposals which will drastically reduce the time taken to conduct a review, depoliticise the process and ultimately improve representation.
Latest Government & Politics Blogs
Jeffrey Dudgeon – co-founder of the gay rights movement in Northern Ireland and author of ‘Roger Casement:The Black Diaries’ — sits on Belfast City Council with the DUP. As a long time political and cultural opponent of their approach, he finds them to be surprisingly flexible in practice on gay rights and other social issues. Policy Exchange Director Dean Godson, author of Himself Alone: David Trimble and the Ordeal of Unionism, writes for the Sunday Times on the wider issues round the Conservative Party’s relations with the DUP.
‘I have done a terrible, terrible thing. I have voted Labour for the first time. My father and grandfather would turn in their graves, but I was worried about my pension. All I have is my house and the state pension that I manage on.’ These were the words of a typical voter – who had initially pledged Conservative – when she was reminded by Tory canvassers to vote last Thursday evening in a marginal constituency in Plymouth; later that night, the seat changed hands, from Conservative to Labour. Many things went wrong for the Prime Minister and the Conservative Party in this General Election — so what, asks Warwick Lightfoot, Director of Research at Policy Exchange, are the lessons that can be taken from this voter’s change of heart?
Policy Exchange Director Dean Godson, author of Himself Alone: David Trimble and the Ordeal of Unionism, writes for the Sunday Times on the wider issues round the Conservative Party’s relations with the DUP.
Latest Government & Politics News
The Spectator’s Isabel Hardman covers Policy Exchange’s event with John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons. The Speaker set out his thoughts on how PMQs could be improved (beyond better behaviour from MPs), including a longer session and a mix of open and substantive questions from MPs.
Latest Government & Politics Events
Conservative Conference 2015 | Brains before brawn: Should cities have to be smart before they are given more powers?
With Lord Holmes of Richmond; Russell Howarth, Nominet; Jonn Elledge, CityMetric; Gavin Starks, Open Data Institute; and Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange.
With Chi Onwurah MP; Hetan Shah, Royal Statistical Society; Emma Carr, Big Brother Watch; Martin Tisné, Omidyar Network; Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange.
With Ivan Lewis MP; Kru Desai, KPMG; Simon Parker, New Local Government Network; Professor Tony Travers, LSE; and Steve Hughes, Policy Exchange.