Requiring voters to show ID aims to prevent ‘personation’.…Read more
This Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information about which groups in the UK are considered to be politically disengaged, and why. This paper will use the term ‘political disengagement’ to capture certain behaviours and attitudes towards the political system. It uses a range of different sources, which are referenced in the PDF.
Rough sleepers are one of the most vulnerable groups in society, many with high levels of complex and interrelated needs. This paper provides an overview of the support and services – including accommodation, health, welfare, training, employment and voter registration – that are available for rough sleepers in England, and the challenges rough sleepers can face in accessing them. …Read more
There are more than 1.9 million EU citizens on the electoral registers in England and Wales. …Read more
Anonymous registration allows people whose safety would be at risk if their name or address were listed on the electoral register, for example survivors of domestic abuse, to register to vote without their details made public. This note outlines the current requirements.…Read more
The Overseas Electors Bill 2017-19 was a Private Member’s Bill to extend the basis on which British citizens outside the UK qualify to participate in Parliamentary elections. It will remove the ’15-year rule’ which prevents British citizens living overseas from registering to vote if they have lived abroad for more than 15 years.…Read more
The Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill 2017-19 is a Private Member’s Bill that sought to change the Rules for Redistribution of Parliamentary constituencies. This briefing summarises the main changes that the Bill would make if passed.…Read more
Recall is used to describe a process where the electorate in an area can trigger a special election to remove an elected representative before the end of their term. A recall procedure was introduced in the UK in 2015. It only applies to Members of Parliament.…Read more
This House of Commons Library briefing paper sets out the current rules for election of a Conservative Party leader, and the background to their introduction.
This briefing looks in detail at the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the EU and UK and finalised on 14 November 2018. It was endorsed by EU Member State leaders at a special European Council summit on 25 November and the UK Prime Minister promoted it in the UK Parliament and around the country. The Agreement was debated at length in Parliament on several occasions and has been voted on three times. But the House of Commons has not endorsed it. A second extension of Article 50 took exit day to 31 October 2019, but once again the UK is faced with the possibility of leaving the EU without an agreement if this agreement or another one is not ratified by the UK and the EU. …Read more
European Parliament elections take place in the UK on Thursday 23 May. Here we explain the different electoral systems which will be used to determine the outcome of the elections. …Read more
A Westminster Hall debate on Intimidation in public life, initiated by Simon Hart MP, has been scheduled for Tuesday 21 May 2019 at 2.30pm.…Read more
Abuse and intimidation of elected representatives is increasing. What steps that are being taken to tackle the problem?…Read more
The EU has agreed to extend Article 50 a second time. This could delay Brexit until 31 October 2019. This has implications for the UK while it remains in the EU, and could also impact on decisions taken within the EU over the next few months…Read more
Westminster Hall debate on proportional representation…Read more
The Government made the European Parliamentary Elections (Appointed Day of Poll) Order 2019. This sets 23 May as the date for the European parliament elections in the UK. But if we are leaving the EU why are we electing MEPs?…Read more