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  1. September 11, 2014

    The world is saying No to Scottish separation

    The great thing about democracy is that you can change your mind. It makes space for spasms of anger as well as cool...

  2. 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...

  1. August 25, 2014

    The messy UK may get even messier

    Is an English backlash on its way after Scotland’s independence referendum? Whatever happens on September 18, the United...

  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. April 13, 2014

    UK watchdog targets bankers with big rise in penalties

    Wayward UK bankers risk increasingly large fines as the amount of individual penalties levied by the country’s financial...

  5. April 4, 2014

    Police asked to probe London borough

    Police have been asked by a cabinet minister to investigate allegations of financial mismanagement involving the elected...

  6. 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...

  7. 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,...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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,...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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