May 2018

On this day in May 1929

Posted yesterday on the UK Parliament website: On this day – 30 May 1929 – women vote on same terms as men for first time in a general election. In 1918 the Representation of the People Act was passed which allowed women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification to vote. Although […]

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Parliament passes Dorset reorganisation plans

Dorset council leaders have welcomed Parliament’s decision to create two new unitary councils in the South Western county. Last February, then local government minister Sajid Javid confirmed he supported proposals to replace Dorset’s nine councils with two new unitary authorities. Read more…

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Parliamentary Boundary Review

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee published its Second Report of Session 2017–19, Parliamentary Boundary Reviews: What Next? on 19 February 2018. The Government’s response has now been published. Read more…

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Voter turnout ‘unaffected’ by ID scheme says pilot council

A trial scheme requiring voters to show ID in the recent local elections has been declared a ‘great success’ by one of the councils taking part. Ray Morgan, returning officer at Woking borough council, one of five authorities in the trials, said 99.73% of electors provided the required identification at polling stations on May 3. Read more…

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