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MPs suspended for bullying or sexual harassment can now face a recall petition. bbc.co.uk/...s-58968869

MPs close a loophole that protected those suspended for harassment from facing a recall petition.

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America had a long history of proportional representation - until it was too successful for its own good.

In the 20th century, several American cities successfully fought party corruption. But they eventually became victims of racist backlash.

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The Speaker has the opportunity to go back to the normal arrangement, and end the government majority on the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission. It's vital he does it. independent.co.uk/...37592.html

Exclusive: Campaigners warn of threat to independence of Electoral Commission from Boris Johnson’s bill

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The Bill also imposes new government controls over the Electoral Commission and packs the Speaker’s Committee - which scrutinises the Electoral Commission - with another government appointee. electoral-reform.org.uk/...tedgar.com

The Scottish government is...

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Legislative consent is only very rarely refused, making the joint move by Scotland and Wales’ government’s highly significant. Out of more than 350 legislative consent motions, consent has been denied just 13 times. electoral-reform.org.uk/...tedgar.com

The...

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Government Warned Changing Voting Systems Without Scrutiny Sets A “Dangerous Precedent” politicshome.com/...tedgar.com

Exclusive: Multiple campaign groups have fiercely criticised the government for including a major change to...

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The announcement sees the Scottish government join the Welsh government who refused to support the legislation in the Welsh Senedd earlier this month. electoral-reform.org.uk/...tedgar.com

The Scottish government is standing up to Westminster on legislation that...

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Under changes added to the Elections Bill at the committee stage last month, elections for metro mayors, the Greater London Authority mayor, elected council mayors across England, and police and crime commissioners across England and Wales will operate under the FPTP system from 2023....

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Scottish Government refuses to recommend consent for Elections Bill electoral-reform.org.uk/...tedgar.com

The Scottish government is standing up to Westminster on legislation that would see voter ID imposed on UK elections held in Scotland.Deputy First Minister...

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Our Director of Policy and Research, Dr Jess Garland, told PoliticsHome that amending voting systems in this way set a very dangerous precedent by rushing these sweeping constitutional changes through with minimal scrutiny....

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The Lakeman Fellow year-long paid placement aims to provide tailored support to someone who has a passion for politics - the closing date for applications is 5pm on the 10th of October. electoral-reform.org.uk/who-we-are/jobs/

Head of CommunicationsThe Electoral Reform Society (ERS) is looking for a full-time Head of Communications to join our team on a permanent basis.Job title:...

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney lodged a ‘legislation consent memorandum’ in the Scottish Parliament which recommends that Holyrood does not give consent to the legislation noting: The Scottish Government considers that there is no evidence of significant electoral fraud to justify voter ID measures in Scotland....

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Are you a passionate communications professional with strong relationships with political journalists and a natural instinct for what makes a news story? Then come and join us as our new Head of Communications. electoral-reform.org.uk/who-we-are/jobs/

Lakeman FellowshipThe Electoral Reform Society (ERS) is looking to employ a new Lakeman Fellow on a one-year fixed term (part-time)...

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The Bill also imposes new government controls over the Electoral Commission and packs the Speaker’s Committee - which scrutinises the Electoral Commission - with another government appointee. electoral-reform.org.uk/...tedgar.com

The Scottish government is...

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Legislative consent is only very rarely refused, making the joint move by Scotland and Wales’ government’s highly significant. Out of more than 350 legislative consent motions, consent has been denied just 13 times. electoral-reform.org.uk/...tedgar.com

The...

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The announcement sees the Scottish government join the Welsh government who refused to support the legislation in the Welsh Senedd earlier this month. electoral-reform.org.uk/...tedgar.com

The Scottish government is standing up to Westminster on legislation that...

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Gone is any claim that the Lords is a revising chamber of experts – instead we have what is little more than a private members club chocked full of donors, ex-MPs and political allies – all appointed on the whim of the Prime Minister of the day. politics.co.uk/...mpaigners/

Campaigners are calling for...

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The #ElectionsBill sets a very dangerous precedent by rushing through sweeping constitutional changes with minimal scrutiny. We urge ministers to pause and rethink this legislation and allow time for real public consultation and proper scrutiny of the proposals. politicshome.com/...-precedent

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80% of constituency Labour parties back PR, but motion falls at Labour Party Conference electoral-reform.org.uk/...tedgar.com

On Monday Labour conference debated and voted on a motion to back PR, adding a pledge to their next manifesto.Despite the overwhelming support of...

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Just a few years ago it would have been near unimaginable for proportional representation to be a major topic of conversation at Labour Conference - talked about in the leader’s office, trade union delegations and the bars and fringe meetings across Brighton....

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