Tag Archive for Electoral Commission

The Government’s latest plans to undermine democracy must be opposed

Lord Rennard

  On Thursday last week, the Government tabled a measure to bring forward changes to the electoral registers which provides the basis for conducting our elections and reviewing constituency boundaries.  It probably hoped that nobody would notice that this change could remove nearly two million people from the voting registers by the end of this…

Allowances,pay and expenses

Lord Soley

I don’t approve of very long posts on blogs but the present scandal over expenses is so serious that I thought I should re-publish a paper I wrote some 18 months ago. It was similar to the evidence I gave to Sir John Baker last year and more recently Sir Christopher Kelly. I considered re-writing it to…

In committee

Lord Norton

I had some success in Committee on the Political Parties and Elections Bill yesterday in moving an amendment to stipulate that the Secretary of State must reply within six months to a report from the Electoral Commission.  Under the Political Parties. Elections amd Referendums Act 2000, the Commission may make reports to the Secretary of…

Individual registration

Lord Norton

As regular readers will know, I have long supported individual electoral registration.  It provides for far greater security than the existing arrangements.   This is also the view taken by the Electoral Commission and, according to survey data produced by the Committee on Standards in Public Life, most of the public as well.  I am delighted…

Consulting on the electoral register

Lord Norton

In an earlier post, on 27 August, I drew attention to the result of a survey of showing that 98 per cent of electoral registration officers favoured getting rid of the practice of selling the electoral register to commercial bodies.   Citizens have by law to supply data about themselves for electoral purposes.  I have always…