Category Archives: Elections

What is the significance of by-elections?

By-Elections are in the news a lot at the moment. So what is a by-election, why are they held and what is their significance?

What is a by-election and in what circumstances will they be held?

A by-election is an election called when a seat has been vacated within a constituency but there is no General Election looming. In the United States these care called Special Elections. In the UK there are four circumstances in which a by-election will be held:

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What are Short Money and Cranborne Money and should political parties be entirely publicly financed?

Money and Politics are intertwined in the UK.

Some countries, like Sweden, rely very heavily on public funding of political parties within their democratic system. In Sweden, political parties rely on the state for up to 90% of their national funding. However, Britain has limited state funding of political parties in the form of Short Money and Cranborne money. So what is it and why does it exist?

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Was the AV Referendum a good exercise in democracy?

AV vote will not break the Coalition, insists Cameron – Channel 4 News
The AV Referendum took place on the 5th May 2011.

In 2011 Britain’s second nationwide referendum. This was on the issue of whether to replace the First Past the Post voting system with the Alternative Vote system for General Elections. Many people have questioned the effectiveness of this referendum and whether it turned out to be a good democratic exercise.

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