Unlock Democracy and Spinwatch are campaigning for the introduction of a robust lobbying register that includes all lobbyists and provides information on who is lobbying whom, what they are lobbying for and how much money is being spent on lobbying. This is our attempt at drafting a bill that could implement these proposals.
Instead of playing party political games, the government should focus on how it plans to make the statutory lobbying register work; if they fail to do so, the most disreputable lobbyists will merely exploit its loopholes.
A cross party group comprising of Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie, Labour MP Alan Whitehead and Lib Dem Peer Paul Tyler have today launched a draft parliamentary bill on party funding. There have been several attempts to break the deadlock over party funding reform before. This one however has a significant advantage over the...
This year’s English county council elections have again highlighted how our voting system is broken. Can the Sustainable Communities Act be used to reform it?
Both Local Works and Unlock Democracy have submitted evidence to a review of the Sustainable Communities Act.
It’s easy to dismiss ideas such as voter lotteries as gimmicky, but don’t underestimate the importance of social norms when it comes to low voter turnout.
Blog review of Unlock Democracy Merseyside & West Cheshire held a hugely successful public meeting on Saturday 13th July
In our April constitutional convention, we asked our panel about their identity and what they thought about the need for a constitutional convention. The results show a clear variation across the UK - and within England.
Cornwall Council have voted unanimously in favour of using the Sustainable Communities Act
Summary of the first Grassroots Democracy Meet Up March 2013