Democracy Policy

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Henry Hill is a British Conservative and Unionist activist and writer, editor of Open Unionism, and writes Conservative Home’s Red, White, and Blue column every Wednesday. He is editor of online content for the Bow Group. This article first...
Thursday, August 8, 2013
TheLabour Party's statements last week on migration, delivered by shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant, were quite right. Bryant was correct to say that the United Kingdom "has no idea where its citizens are". But unsurprisingly it is a problem...
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Conservatives cannot be afraid of standing for something. But time in which to learn that lesson is running outNic Conner, writing at the Commentator.comRead the original article at the Commentator.comCalm down everyone: breathe in, hold it,...
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
 Referendum currently dominates the political lexicon in the United Kingdom, but as we look towards the continent and see the European debate fill our political spectrum, it is easily forgotten that our own nation and the strength of our Union...
Saturday, November 24, 2012
 On Sunday 25th November 2012 the Catalan people vote in regional elections, the leading candidate and current President Arturo Mas has promised a referendum on Catalan independence if re-elected.In any crisis there is opportunity, opportunity...
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
I’m sure like most Conservatives I watched last week’s BBC 2 Wonderland documentary, “Young, Bright and on the Right”, with great disappointment.It was ill advised both in terms of the participation of the young people involved at a time in their...
Monday, July 23, 2012
I expect few, even in political circles, are thinking about the proposals to reform Section 3 of the Representation of the People Act.It has barely featured at all in the media or in Westminster discourse; this only serves to underline how far...
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The House of Lords has often been subject to considerable criticism on a number of different grounds, and the sheer amount written on the subject of House of Lords reform illustrates that our upper house sits uneasily in our constitutional framework...
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Tomorrow, there will be referenda in England's biggest cities to determine whether or not they will be able to directly elect city mayors. This is key to improving the economy and is the first step to re-engaging voters with politics.The last...
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
You must remember. The fanfare, the fist pumping, the feeling that ‘things can only get better’. No, this wasn’t 1997, this was 2009.Gordon Brown had bottled a General Election and the Tories were riding the crest of a wave. Women supported them,...
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Writing in Crossbow Lord Norton explores the constitutional reform under the Coalition Government.   Download the full article below.
Friday, May 20, 2011
By Samuel Emery...
Monday, April 11, 2011
The particular type of AV being proposed in next month's referendum is not the type used in national elections elsewhere in the world (in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Australia) but is in fact employed only in local elections in two Australian states...
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The Bow Group event: "AV: Fairer votes or a compromise nobody wants?" took place on Tuesday February 8th at 7pm at the House of Commons. A packed Committee Room 11 witnessed a lively debate in which Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of the Electoral...
Saturday, July 22, 2006
The correlation between making large donations to the Labour Party and receiving an honour is extraordinary. Statistical analysis shows that 58.54% of all donors giving more than £50,000 to the Labour Party receive an honour. This compares...
Tuesday, March 1, 2005
A paper looking at the increase in the economically inactive, which unemployment figures disguise, the causes and the remedies.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
A paper by former Cabinet Minister Peter Lilley, making the case against compulsory ID cards.
Friday, May 31, 2002
In this Golden Jubilee year, all thoughts turn to the future of the Monarchy. A better case needs to be made for the Monarch’s role in the Constitution. The right of the Monarch to assert his or her constitutional prerogatives needs to be reinforced...
Tuesday, April 30, 2002
Although the Conservative party may be quick to criticise the new White Paper on regional assemblies, there are plenty of reasons why it should embrace devolution to the English regions as the centrepiece of its own campaign at the next general...
Sunday, September 30, 2001
The text of a policy speech given to the Bow Group by Andrew Lansley CBE MP.

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