Response to comments by Sir John Holmes, Chair of the Electoral Commission, at the Institute for Government, where he warned that the electoral system is at risk from a range of factors, including Russian meddling on social media and local council cuts.Read More
he House of Commons Procedure Committee announced its proposals for a new “sifting committee” to be set up. This committee would determine whether delegated legislation arising from the EU (Withdrawal) Bill requires further scrutiny by MPs.Read More
Unlock Democracy responds to the Criminal Prosecution Service's decision to charge three people, including former Conservative MP and current Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for South Thanet Craig Mackinlay, in relation to offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983 committed during the 2015 general election.Read More
Unlock Democracy's Director, Alexandra Runswick, responds to the the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee's (PACAC) report on their inquiry into the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACoBA), to which she gave oral evidence in October 2016.Read More
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.Read More
Unlock Democracy reacts to the news that the registrar of consultant lobbyists, Alison White, has launched an investigation into the use of All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) to bypass lobbying rules.Read More
Today, the Lobbying (Transparency) Bill had its Committee Stage hearing in the House of Lords. The UK is now one step closer to having a robust lobbying register introduced, after the bill was moved to Report stage.Read More
Welcoming the divisional court’s judgement, Director of Unlock Democracy Alexandra Runswick said:
“The government’s position that it could run roughshod over parliamentary sovereignty by invoking the dictatorial powers of Henry VIII always was untenable in the 21st century. The correct course of action now would be for Theresa May to accept this judgement and move on to holding a full and open debate in the House of Commons at the earliest opportunity.
“We acknowledge that there is a disparity between the views of MPs and the public, but without a proportional voting system, the only course of action is to trust MPs to take the views of their constituents into consideration when deciding how to vote. No doubt MPs are acutely aware that they are ultimately accountable to their constituents, who will be given the final say.
“What is clearly unacceptable is for the Brexit process to continue as it has been over the past few months with virtually no parliamentary or public scrutiny. The government needs to open up, both in terms of their own preparations and which special interests have been lobbying them on this issue behind closed doors.”
Unlock Democracy has been organising a petition demanding that government gives parliament a say in the Brexit negotiations. So far, over 9,000 people have signed it.