Unlock Democracy is a grassroots campaign for democratic reform and participation. We campaign for voting reform, transparent and accountable government, and including women and young people in our political system.
Guest blog by Unlock Democracy and life long Conservative Party John Strafford (Author of Our Fight for Democracy).
When Channel 4 and The Daily Mail started raising questions about the Tory Party election expenses the sensible thing to have done would have been to be totally open and transparent about all the expenditure they had incurred both locally and nationally.
Today the Sunday Times published our joint letter on local electoral reform, calling for local councils to be given the power to choose a fairer voting system for local elections. We've assembled support from across the political spectrum, including three party leaders and figures from each major party, as well as strong support from independents in local government.
This morning, the government have introduced amendments to the Trade Union Bill which would delay changes to trade union political funds. These changes would give party leaders the opportunity to renew cross-party talks to clean up political party funding.
Bristol for Democracy have worked with us to ask candidates questions in Bristol’s important Mayoral election. Find out what the candidates think about the Metro Mayor proposals, devolving power to the people and electoral reform.
Last month’s launch of our We the People campaign brought together politicians, campaigners and activists who all care about how the absence of democracy affects our everyday lives. We had a lively debate on the prospects for reform and how to take the campaign forward.