Elections-related manifesto pledges UKPGE 2024

We are listing elections and democracy related content from each of the main party manifestos as they are published. The party title links to the manifesto, and a specific section where available.

 

Conservatives

We will change the law to ensure Veterans ID cards are valid identification in all future elections. (page 31)

We have delivered on our manifesto pledge to introduce ‘votes for life’ for British citizens living overseas. We will appoint a Minister for British Citizens Overseas to represent them across government. (page 34)

We will also ensure our elected representatives get the protection needed to represent their constituents without fear. (page 46)

We remain steadfast in our support for the fundamental principles that underpin the UK’s constitutional settlement. We remain committed to the First Past the Post system for elections, maintaining the direct link with the local voter. We will not change the voting age from 18. We will maintain rules to tackle voting fraud, including the requirement to show ID. (page 59).

 

Greens

Elected Greens will also push for:

  • Replacing the first past the post system for parliamentary elections with a fair and proportional voting system.
  • Replacing the House of Lords with an elected second chamber.
  • Votes for 16-year-olds and residence-based voting rights.


Labour (serving the country section)

The next Labour government will therefore bring about an immediate modernisation, by introducing legislation to remove the right of hereditary peers to sit and vote in the House of Lords. Labour will also introduce a mandatory retirement age. At the end of the Parliament in which a member reaches 80 years of age, they will be required to retire from the House of Lords.

Labour will ensure all peers meet the high standards the public expect of them, and we will introduce a new participation requirement as well as strengthening the circumstances in which disgraced members can be removed. We will reform the appointments process to ensure the quality of new appointments and will seek to improve the national and regional balance of the second chamber.

Whilst this action to modernise the House of Lords will be an improvement, Labour is committed to replacing the House of Lords with an alternative second chamber that is more representative of the regions and nations. Labour will consult on proposals, seeking the input of the British public on how politics can best serve them.

To encourage participation in our democracy, Labour will improve voter registration and address the inconsistencies in voter ID rules that prevent legitimate voters from voting. For example, in the case of HM Armed Forces Veteran Cards.

We will increase the engagement of young people in our vibrant democracy, by giving 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in all elections.

And we will protect democracy by strengthening the rules around donations to political parties.

 

Liberal Democrats (section 20)

Reform our politics to put more power in people’s hands by:

  • Giving 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in UK general elections and referendums, and local elections in England.
  • Extending the right to full participation in civic life, including the ability to stand for office or vote in UK referendums, local elections and general elections, to all EU citizens with settled status, and to anyone else who has lived in the UK for at least five years and has the right to stay permanently.
  • Introducing a legal requirement for local authorities to inform citizens of the steps they must take to be successfully registered with far greater efforts in particular to register underrepresented groups and ensuring that the UK has an automatic system of inclusion in elections.
  • Enabling all UK citizens living abroad to vote for MPs in separate overseas constituencies, and to participate in UK referendums.
  • Restoring to Parliament – instead of the Prime Minister alone – the power to call and set the date of an early general election.
  • Taking a zero-tolerance approach to harassment and bullying in Westminster and legislating to empower constituents to recall MPs who commit sexual harassment.
  • Establishing national and local citizens’ assemblies to ensure that the public are fully engaged in finding solutions to the greatest challenges we face, such as tackling the climate emergency and the use of artificial intelligence and algorithms by the state.

Make it a national security priority to protect the UK’s democratic processes from any threats or interference.

Make elections fairer and more transparent, and raise the quality of political debate, by:

  • Protecting and strengthening the independence of the Electoral Commission, following Conservative attempts to undermine it.
  • Introducing public awareness campaigns about emerging threats and misinformation campaigns online.
  • Pushing for a global convention or treaty to combat disinformation and electoral interference, supplemented by an annual conference and Global Counter-Disinformation Fund, to safeguard and promote democracy at home as well as abroad.
  • Mandating the provision of televised leaders’ debates in general elections, based on rules produced by Ofcom.
  • Working towards radical real-time transparency for political advertising, donations and spending, including an easily searchable public database of all online political adverts.

 

Plaid Cymru (further constitutional matters section)

  • Under the current constitutional system, we would welcome the introduction of voting at 16 for Westminster and Police and Crime Commissioner elections as we already have in Wales for Senedd and local elections.
  • At the same time, we would end the voter suppression at elections recently introduced through the requirement to show ID at polling stations, and instead focus efforts on ensuring that all potential eligible voters are on the electoral roll.
  • At UK elections, we would support proportional representation so that a greater proportion of votes are used to elect representatives, rather than wasted. We prefer the Single Transferable Vote electoral system, and will again push for this in Wales after the Senedd 2026 election.
  • Plaid Cymru does not support the House of Lords, and we will continue to make the case for its abolition. However, for the period in which that institution has legislative power over Wales, we will continue as a party to participate in debates there.

 

Reform (constitutional reform section)

First 100 days

  • Commence Reform of the House of Lords.
    Replace the crony-filled House of Lords with a much smaller second chamber. Structure to be debated. Immediate end of political appointees.
  • Commence Reform of the Postal Voting System.
    Postal voting has allowed electoral fraud. We will stop postal voting except for the elderly, disabled or those who can’t leave their homes.

Thereafter

  • Proportional Representation Voting for the House of Commons.
    First Past the Post is an outdated voting system. Large numbers of voters have no representation in parliament and new parties are shut out of the political system. Voter turnout would be some 10% higher with PR. A referendum is needed.