How Britain’s Democracy is Undermined

How Britain's Democracy is Undermined

The Right Honorable Lord Tyler CBE, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Political and Constitutional Reform

Take a look at the Brexit and Covid headlines this week and you’ll get a glimpse of a devious destruction of our constitutional conventions. In a slew of proposals in recent months – including on constituency boundary changes, election spending and the Election Commission – the government’s intentions add to an alarming attack on democracy in the UK.

The Conservatives are unhappy with the potentially winnable additional seats they will gain through boundary changes in the new Parliamentary Constituencies Act, which will make constituency populations more uniform and see some disappear. Ministers also resisted multi-party amendments within the Lords to get more eligible young people registered to vote, which were to strengthen the electorate of black, Asian and ethnic minority (Bame) communities, which are more likely to support parties in opposition.


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