The CPS decision doesn’t prove the Tories ‘did nothing wrong’, it proves our electoral law is broken

The CPS decision doesn’t prove the Tories ‘did nothing wrong’, it proves our electoral law is broken

Last week, the Crown Prosecution Service announced that it would not be pressing charges against the candidates or agents investigated in connection with the 2015 election expenses scandal.  Contrary to Theresa May’s assertion that this proves that her party ‘did nothing wrong’ it more aptly demonstrates how urgently our electoral laws need reform.

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The spectre of election expenses fraud looms large

The spectre of election expenses fraud looms large

As parties scramble to get Prospective Parliamentary Candidates in place, boost fundraising, and write manifestos, a hangover from the 2015 general election lingers - the ongoing electoral fraud investigations against a substantial number of Conservative MPs. There are also wider lessons on campaign spending that still need to be learnt - but perhaps not in time.

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Jeremy Corbyn says the system is rigged - so what will he do to fix it?

Jeremy Corbyn says the system is rigged - so what will he do to fix it?

In his first speech of the general election campaign Jeremy Corbyn criticised the establishment and their unfair ‘rules’ that he says currently govern politics. Here at Unlock Democracy we have decades of experience fighting for a fairer system that gives power to the people not elites. If Corbyn is serious about fixing the system, then this is what he needs to do.

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Five questions the Great Repeal Bill white paper needs to answer

Five questions the Great Repeal Bill white paper needs to answer

The government has announced it will publish its white paper on the Great Repeal Bill on Thursday 30 March, the day after article 50 is triggered. Unlock Democracy's Director Alexandra Runswick sets out five questions the white paper must answer if it is to be meaningful. 

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#ElectionExpenses: Empower the Electoral Commission to stop money buying elections

#ElectionExpenses: Empower the Electoral Commission to stop money buying elections

After a 13 month long investigation into election campaign expenses the Electoral Commission today handed down the highest fine in its history of £70,000 to the Conservative Party, for violation of electoral law. Unlock Democracy has called for the Electoral Commission to be empowered so it can stop parties from buying elections. 

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