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.
The House of Lords today debated proposals for a tough new bill to increase scrutiny over the lobbying industry and voted to take it closer to becoming law, in the face of opposition by the government.
Just before he took power back in 2010, David Cameron described lobbying as “the next big scandal waiting to happen”. He was right. But six years later, not much has changed. Theresa May has promised a government that is driven ‘not by the interests of the privileged few’ but by ordinary people. Will her words prove more meaningful than her predecessor?
Our new Prime Minister, Theresa May, has been remarkably quiet about her views on subjects outside her own policy area in government. We know a fair amount about what she thinks on policing, immigration and human rights. But what about the other issues Unlock Democracy supporters care about?
We’ve been neutral throughout the campaign, but neutral doesn’t mean sitting on the sidelines. Whatever decision the UK makes tomorrow, we want it to be based on an informed debate. At times, the campaign has been difficult for even the most politically engaged person to follow, with bewildering sets of claims and counter-claims from both sides.
Unlock Democracy are campaigning to ensure that the police investigations address the scenario of whether there have been systematic efforts to breach election spending limits. Here is our statement following the hand in of petition
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.