Scots living overseas or elsewhere in the UK should have been given the right to vote in the independence referendum

My post for Democratic Audit (15 September 2014) shortly before the Scottish independence referendum, arguing that Scottish voters living outside the country should have been able to vote. This includes expats – who had their vote removed by the Scottish Government – and those living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.


Parish councils can empower local communities, but we need more of them in cities

My post for Democratic Audit (11 September 2014) on the rise of parish councils in English cities. Although this is not yet a widespread phenomenon, recent events in London, Birmingham, Bradford and elsewhere suggest it may become one, and help make local government truly local.

Votes at 16 in NHS Foundation Trust elections

My post for Health Election Data (August 2014) on the practice of allowing 16 year olds to vote and stand in NHS Foundation Trust elections. This makes NHS elections almost unique – fully before the Scottish independence referendum – and could mean they provide a valuable source of research evidence. In the upcoming Scottish independence referendum, 16 and 17…


Should the UK lower the voting age to 16?

I edited a new Democratic Audit ebook (4 July 2014) with Sean Kippin, debating the pros and cons of lowering the voting age to 16. The collection features contributions from leading academics and politicians. Our introduction arguing for the reform is reproduced below.   Few could find disagreement with the principle that democracies should allow all…