Multi-party system

Depending on the result, the role of the devolved countries in the AV Referendum may raise some interesting constitutional questions

The roles of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the upcoming AV referendum have often been ignored by the debate. While these countries have experience with a variety of voting systems, recent polls suggest that voters in Scotland and Wales are moving to an anti-AV position. Alistair Clark examines voting in these devolved countries and finds that holding the referendum […]

Supporters of the Liberal Democrats, Greens and UKIP should vote Yes to AV. For the Conservatives and Labour – the balance of advantage is much less clear

The AV referendum campaign has produced some strange political alignments, more because of its perceived strategic consequences than the nature of the alternative electoral systems. Writing in a personal capacity, Lewis Baston finds that for some parties rational self-interest is clear: supporters of the Liberal Democrats, Greens and UK Independence Party should vote Yes on AV. For others –the Conservatives […]

The flexibility of AV in expressing multiple preferences is suited to the modern British voter

Historically, UK voters tended to have strong party affiliations, but this has changed in recent decades with a rise of voting patterns towards smaller parties and a decline in strong party identifiers. The ippr’s Guy Lodge makes the case for reassessing AV with the voter in mind, and finds that as a preferential system, it gives voters much more flexibility […]

A look ahead to what 2011 may bring: the vulnerability of Nick Clegg, the censorship of Wikileaks and a double dip recession

Avery Hancock and Paul Rainford highlight some of the big issues that could dominate the political arena in 2011.

Do Turkeys vote for Christmas? Yes, when it comes to Liberal Democrat MPs and the boundary review for Westminster constituencies. Nick Clegg’s party will lose a fifth of all its MPs.

One of the few areas where the Liberal Democrats have been able to gain policy concessions from the Conservatives has been in the area of constitutional reform, with electoral reform and changes to constituency sizes being shoehorned into one bill. Lewis Baston of Democratic Audit models the effects of a smaller House of Commons and finds that while we […]

Wikileaks, a 'diminished' UK loses the World Cup, and gender pay audits are scrapped- blog round up for 27 November -3 December

Amy Mollett, Avery Hancock and Paul Rainford take a look at the week in political blogging

Weekend 27th and 28th

After the media hammering suffered by Ed Miliband last week, Mike Smithson at Political Betting considers the likelihood of Yvette Cooper replacing him as leader of the Labour party before the next election.

Guido Fawkes was not impressed by Miliband’s speech […]

If the Alternative Vote had been in use at the 2010 general election, the Liberal Democrats would have won 32 more seats, and a Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition would also have had a Commons majority

How would the main political parties gain or suffer in future Alternative Vote (AV) elections, if UK voters approve changing systems in the May 2011 referendum? David Sanders, Paul Whiteley and colleagues have authoritatively replayed the May 2010 general election. The Liberal Democrats would have been the big gainers, winning many more seats and no longer being reliant on […]

Osborne gambles on child benefit cuts, Cameron has ‘the national interest’ in mind, and the Shadow Cabinet is unveiled – round up of political blogs for 2-8 October

Chris Gilson, Paul Rainford and Amy Mollett take a look at the week in political blogging.


Iain Martin looks at what is wrong with the Conservatives’ branding of their conference as thetorydiary provides a rolling record of the weekend’s policy announcements. Michael Gove continues to shake up the education system with new discipline rules, and there is news of the […]