January 2018

Doubts over turnout figures could have serious implications

Turnout is a vital measure for understanding our relationship with politics, whether it be low or high. If  people do not vote, it tells us they are being failed by politics.  If people do vote in large numbers, then it can be argued the Government which emerges after an election has a much stronger mandate to run the country as it sees fit. Given its importance, a new paper from a team of academics at the […]

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Not Westminster 2018 – we are generation D

Notwestminster, the annual event for local democracy enthusiasts, is back for its fourth incarnation, “We are Generation D”, on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February 2018, writes Spencer Wilson. If we want a stronger local democracy, we all need to be part of the generation that makes it happen. Notwestminster is about finding the people, ideas […]

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Labour’s candidates for general election target seats revealed

In the afterglow of a better-than-expected general election result in 2017, Labour immediately set its sights on the path to government. One of the party’s first steps was to announce the ambition to select candidates in 75 target seats in England by Christmas. That’s more than the theoretical 64 seats they need to win for their own […]

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Council changes name because no one knows where it is

A council will spend £10,000 changing its name after more than 40 years because no one has ever heard of it. As of 1 April, Shepway district council will be known as Folkestone and Hythe district council, the local authority has confirmed. The change was proposed by council leader David Monk and supported by the majority of […]

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Shepway District Council agrees to name change

Councillors have voted to change the name of their district councilin order to strengthen the area’s ‘geographical identity’. Shepway District Council councillors yesterday agreed to change the authority’s name to Folkestone and Hythe District Council. Read more…

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The Expiry Date of a Referendum Result

Wera Hobhouse MP says: There are two democratic principles that, taken together, demand a referendum on the deal. The first is that a democratic decision should be enforced, and the second is that no democratic decision has an indefinite mandate. Click below to read more…

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