February 2018

Court drama as Bryn by-election ruled ‘not lawful’ and scrapped

A top judge has ruled the Wigan by-election in Bryn ward scheduled for Thursday 22nd February should be halted as an independent politician never resigned as councillor. In an unprecedented ruling Mr Justice Martin Spencer found returning officer Donna Hall had no jurisdiction to start the process of choosing a new ward representative to replace […]

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GDS and LGA work on electoral data standard

Effort aimed at providing more consistent and machine readable form of publication The Government Digital Service (GDS) has called for feedback on a standard for publishing election data in advance of the Local Government Association (LGA) using it in a trial this year. Click below to read more:

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About A-Web

By supporting the conduct of free, fair, transparent, and participatory elections, A-WEB contributes to the development of democracy around the globe. There was a time when two key words, free and fair, were sufficient to describe a good election; however, as stated in the Charter of A-WEB, adjectives like inclusive, participatory, and transparent are now […]

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Seven reasons to cancel the cut in the number of MPs

Six months ago it appeared that controversial changes to electoral boundaries were to be dropped by the government. There has never been a great appetite for the number of MPs to be cut from 650 to 600 – not least with more pressure on the Commons after Brexit. Now the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee wants […]

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Election Commission probes Scottish Lib Dem spending

The Electoral Commission has launched an investigation into the Scottish Liberal Democrats’ spending in the 2016 Holyrood election campaign. The watchdog said it was investigating a complaint about whether the party’s returns were “true and accurate”. The Lib Dems said all spending was above board, adding that there was “no substance” to the case.

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Call to bring forward vote on cutting Commons to 600 MPs

MPs are being urged to decide at the earliest opportunity whether to cut the size of the Commons, to avoid outdated boundaries at the next election. Current changes are being drawn up on the basis of a 2011 law which agreed in principle to cut numbers by 50 to 600. But many MPs do not now support […]

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