Purpose and Constitution

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This is Unlock Democracy's Purpose and Constitution, which regulates how we operate and the underlying principles behind our work.

The purpose of the organisation, as laid out in the constitution, is as follows:

Unlock Democracy argues and campaigns for a vibrant, inclusive democracy that puts power in the hands of the people.

We seek a democratic participative process resulting in a written constitution that serves and protects the people. That constitution would define the roles of, and relationships between, the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary. It would determine how, and to what extent, power is shared between representatives at local, national and United Kingdom levels, and with international organisations. It would enshrine basic liberties and human rights for all.

We campaign:

  • for fair and open elections;

  • for transparency in public decision making

  • to ensure that power is exercised as close to people as is practicable

  • to empower individuals and their communities to have a greater say over the decisions that affect them

  • for democratic accountability of all elected representatives, government and public bodies

  • for universal human rights for all.

We promote:

  • a new culture of informed political interest and responsibility, paving the way for increased enthusiastic public participation

  • a pluralist democracy that is responsive to the problems and aspirations of all people, valuing and accommodating difference, diversity and universal human rights. Everyone has the right to live their life in dignity under the law, and free from fear.

Unlock Democracy is a non-aligned organisation, committed to working inclusively across the political spectrum. We seek to understand how democracy works in practice and to use evidence-based research to inform and develop policies. We stand against cynicism and disengagement, and for a living democracy with the people, all the people, at its heart. 


Our Campaign Wins


We won our campaign for tough new rules for lobbying in Scotland.

It goes much further than Westminster’s bogus lobbying register. Virtually all lobbyists have to register, disclose who they are talking to and what about.


We helped push the Electoral Commission to investigate a 'dark money' trust in Scotland.

We wrote to Westminster’s Commissioner for Standards, requesting an investigation after inconsistencies in Conservative MPs reporting of donations from the Scottish Unionist Association Trust.


We saw off attempts to rig party funding in favour of the Conservatives.

Changes to funding rules would have meant draconian a crackdown on trade union donations, with millionaires left free to carry on funding their favoured politicians.


 Our Theory Of Change