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Councillor’s resignation U-turn blocked

Chaos reigned  the other day after Wigan Council insisted an independent councillor could not reverse his decision to quit the chamber. Councillor Steve Jones, independent representative for Bryn ward, performed a dramatic U-turn when he posted on Facebook that he was staying on. This came just a few days after he announced he was stepping down […]

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E-voting advocate appointed as the new Minister for electoral reform

The UK Government has appointed Chloe Smith MP as the new Cabinet Office Minister responsible for electoral reform following the Prime Minister’s January reshuffle. Her role is also known as the Minister for the Constitution, previously held by Chris Skidmore MP. Smith is a key advocate of piloting remote online voting for elections. Writing for the […]

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5 hopes for 2018

Just before Christmas we shared the biggest political scandals of 2017, and what a list to choose from! Now, as we prepare for the year ahead, here’s 5 of our hopes for the change 2018 can bring.

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The constitutional implications of a second EU referendum

The idea of a second EU referendum of some kind, though highly controversial, is now a prominent part of public debate in the UK. Whatever view one takes of the first vote, either of its merits as an exercise in democratic decision-making or of the result it produced, it is hard to argue that the […]

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Support for full Beaumaris town council by-election

A packed public meeting supported calls for a by-election to be held for an entire Anglesey town council. Eight of the 14 Beaumaris town councillors resigned in December with no reasons given. But on Monday, they said they stepped down due to alleged serious safety breaches and because town clerk, Prof Trevor Ashenden, allegedly refused […]

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The constitutional implications of a second EU referendum

The idea of a second EU referendum of some kind, though highly controversial, is now a prominent part of public debate in the UK. Whatever view one takes of the first vote, either of its merits as an exercise in democratic decision-making or of the result it produced, it is hard to argue that the […]

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