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    1. May 22, 2015

      Why democratic elections are always flawed

      Most Britons are unhappy with the result of the UK general election. That is the logical conclusion, given that 63 per cent...

    2. May 18, 2015

      Cameron likely to drop plan to shrink Commons

      David Cameron is likely to drop plans to reduce the number of MPs to 600 as the prime minister tries to avoid an early...

    1. May 18, 2015

      ‘Giant’ John Bercow back in the Speaker’s seat as MPs reconvene

      John Bercow, the colourful and often controversial Speaker of the Commons, was returned to his post and hailed as a “giant”...

    2. May 15, 2015

      The most important MP you may never have heard of

      Graham Brady is the most important man in the new parliament of whom you might never have heard. The fact that David Cameron...

    3. Westminster Blog

      May 5, 2015

      Live Q and A: UK election

      This Live Q&A session ended at 14:06 on 6 May 2015.Welcome to the FT’s Live Q and A on the general election. With the polls...

    4. May 5, 2015

      What happens next in a hung UK parliament

      The commentators unanimously predict a hung parliament after Thursday’s general election. What happens next? Whatever the...

    5. April 29, 2015

      Britain should celebrate an election stalemate

      The British conceit has long been that its electoral system was superior to others because it delivered decisive,...

    6. April 17, 2015

      A wake-up call for those sick of politics

      The other night I asked myself whether, if this general election were my first, I would take the trouble to vote. I wasn’t...

    7. April 16, 2015

      800,000 voters disappear from electoral roll

      More than 800,000 voters disappeared from the electoral roll in 2014 after a new registration method came into effect,...

    8. March 15, 2015

      Smartphone plan to bring students to ballot box

      Westminster is hoping smartphones can help bring younger people to the ballot box with plans to send out targeted messages...

    9. February 28, 2015

      Ukip promises electoral reform to help small parties

      UK Independence Party MP Douglas Carswell has suggested his party would introduce electoral reforms if it won the general...

    10. February 26, 2015

      Tories set to benefit from voter registration change

      An electoral rule change has led to a big fall in registered voters and is likely to benefit the Conservatives, according to...

    11. February 10, 2015

      Britain’s House of Lords needs to be downsized

      The British public has become deeply cynical about the political class at Westminster. Few issues ought to provoke its ire...

    12. February 10, 2015

      Cameron urged to give up right to nominate peers

      The prime minister should give up his right to nominate new peers to the House of Lords before the next election to avoid...

    13. January 16, 2015

      Ed Miliband blames electoral roll ‘scandal’ on coalition reform

      Almost 1m people, largely students and the young, have disappeared from the electoral roll since reforms last year,...

    14. January 4, 2015

      This general election will be fought along regional lines

      Britain used to be seen as a paradigm of strong and stable government, made possible by the dominance of two large parties...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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,...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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