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    1. October 5, 2014

      Lib Dems ready to shift ground on EU vote

      A 2017 popular vote on Britain’s membership of the EU is more likely than ever, with senior Liberal Democrats having told...

    2. September 26, 2014

      Pressure grows to give 16-year-olds the vote in general elections

      Pressure is mounting to give 16-year-olds the vote in general elections after two more party leaders backed the move...

    1. September 5, 2014

      Conservative party seeks to tap elderly expat vote

      The Conservative party plans to give millions of mostly elderly Britons living overseas the right to vote in Westminster...

    2. June 23, 2014

      Farage urges ‘direct democracy’ in bid to check government power

      British voters should be given the final say on any government policy through a referendum if enough people sign a petition...

    3. Westminster Blog

      May 6, 2014

      How "first past the post" is the biggest obstacle to Farage and Ukip

      It is the Lib Dems who complain most vociferously about Britain’s first-past-the-post voting system. If Britain had PR...

    4. January 8, 2014

      UK election watchdog calls for voters to show proof of ID

      All voters should be required to show proof of identity on election days when they turn up at a polling station, the...

    5. November 27, 2013

      Bercow outlines plans to allow online voting

      British voters could soon be allowed to cast their general election ballot online under plans being pushed by John Bercow,...

    6. September 6, 2013

      Charities win reprieve on strict new lobbying bill

      Charities have won a reprieve from strict new laws which could have curtailed the amount they could spend in the run-up to a...

    7. July 2, 2013

      A pay rise for MPs is a poor reward for British democracy

      Most people want more money rather than less. It makes them slightly happier. But MPs are not most people. After the...

    8. April 14, 2013

      Lib Dems keep Lords reform hopes alive

      The Liberal Democrats intend to resurrect controversial plans to reform the House of Lords in any future coalition...

    9. January 29, 2013

      Tories dealt boundary reform blow

      David Cameron’s hopes of winning an outright majority in 2015 have been dealt a serious blow after the Liberal Democrats...

    10. January 7, 2013

      Cameron and Clegg renew coalition vows

      David Cameron and Nick Clegg will on Monday alarm some in their own parties with a wholehearted renewal of their coalition...

    11. November 26, 2012

      Ukip rejects election pact with Tories

      The leader of the UK Independence party has rejected the idea of an electoral pact with the Conservatives, after a Tory...

    12. November 21, 2012

      Ukip nurtures grassroots network

      It is the time of year when the Christmas lights lend a festive air to Ramsey’s medieval high street. But since the UK...

    13. November 13, 2012

      Would-be commissioners woo voters

      One afternoon in early November, Nick Alston is pacing slightly anxiously around a deserted industrial estate which backs on...

    14. October 31, 2012

      Lib Dems to hinder plans for boundaries

      Liberal Democrat peers are set to give David Cameron a bloody nose next week over coalition plans to change constituency...

    15. September 14, 2012

      Tories forget boundary changes

      The Tory party will begin picking election candidates in November on the basis of existing constituency boundaries, a step...

    16. July 12, 2012

      Cameron set to water down Lords reform

      David Cameron has told Conservative MPs he is willing to water down the government’s proposals to reform the House of Lords...

    17. July 10, 2012

      O’Grady to replace Barber as TUC chief

      Frances O’Grady is to become the first female general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, taking over from Brendan...

    18. June 27, 2012

      Pressure builds over Lords reform

      Pressure is building on the government to offer a referendum on reforming the House of Lords, as ministers’ plans for...

    19. May 9, 2012

      Row looms over Lords reform bill

      David Cameron called it a Queen’s Speech for “the doers, the strivers who work hard and play by the rules” but the...

    20. May 7, 2012

      Labour peers to oppose Lords reform bill

      Labour peers have been authorised to join forces with rebel Tories in opposition to the coalition’s flagship Lords reform...

    21. April 23, 2012

      Livingstone closes gap in mayoral battle

      Ken Livingstone has closed the gap on Boris Johnson with 10 days left in the campaign to be the next London mayor, according...

    22. Westminster Blog

      April 22, 2012

      Constitutional reform minister tells FT "no pay-offs" for departing peers

      Lords reform is widely seen as a hobbyhorse of Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats –yet it is a Tory minister whose task is...

    23. April 22, 2012

      Peers will get no pay-off under reforms

      The Tory minister in charge of a bill on reforming the House of Lords has said there will be no pay-offs for departing...

    24. April 18, 2012

      Plebiscite proposed on Lords reform

      Nick Clegg’s coveted plans to replace the House of Lords with elected senators should only go ahead if the public say yes in...

    25. April 17, 2012

      Cities cool on offer to elect a mayor

      Plans for elected mayors could be a damp squib, with as few as three cities voting in favour in next month’s referendums,...

    26. February 27, 2012

      Lords reform set to split coalition

      A senior Liberal Democrat peer has attacked the government’s plans to reform the House of Lords, threatening to resign as a...

    27. January 31, 2012

      Cameron seeks appointment of SNP peer

      David Cameron wants to nominate the first Scottish Nationalist peer to the House of Lords this year in an overture to the...

    28. January 24, 2012

      New breed heads local politics

      Propped against the computer monitor on Stuart Drummond’s office desk, a cuddly stuffed monkey dressed in a blue and white...

    29. September 13, 2011

      PM faces party struggle over boundaries

      David Cameron faces a struggle to placate dozens of Conservative MPs left angry about the boundary commission’s proposals...

    30. September 12, 2011

      MPs count cost of boundary changes

      English MPs have reacted with a mixture of anger, frustration and relief after seeing the results of a wide-ranging review...

    31. September 11, 2011

      Osborne among MPs likely hit in boundary reform

      Senior cabinet members including George Osborne and Nick Clegg are likely to see their constituencies significantly redrawn...

    32. September 1, 2011

      Five-year fixed parliaments in jeopardy

      The coalition’s plan for fixed five-year parliamentary terms is in jeopardy as peers threaten to vote in the autumn against...

    33. August 28, 2011

      Reform plan set to spark political turf war

      Back in January peers were forced to debate through the night in a 21-hour marathon of verbosity and time-wasting as Labour...

    34. August 28, 2011

      Cameron boundary reforms under threat

      David Cameron’s plan to redraw the electoral map of Britain – reducing the number of parliamentary seats by nearly 8 per...

    35. June 15, 2011

      Eric’s unfinished big bin battle

      Pity the frustrations of Eric Pickles, self-styled saviour of Britain’s weekly bin round. The jovial local government...

    36. May 17, 2011

      Tories speak up for Lords elections

      Three Tory cabinet ministers extolled the virtues of an elected upper chamber during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, in...

    37. May 11, 2011

      Coalition is best hope in age of austerity

      The UK’s coalition government is passing through its most difficult moment. The Liberal Democrats have been humiliated in...

    38. May 8, 2011

      UK: One year, one nil

      A less civil union: relations between prime minister David Cameron (left) and Nick Clegg, his deputy, have come under strain...

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