Polling ‘People vs Parliament’: What a new survey says about our constitutional mess

In a piece for politics.co.uk, Christina Pagel and Christabel Cooper analyse new polling data to show a country united in its worries about democracy but apparently divided over which aspects of democracy are in danger. The British constitution is in trouble. For three years our uncodified constitution has struggled under the weight of having two separate mandates – the traditional one from electing representatives to parliament … Continue reading Polling ‘People vs Parliament’: What a new survey says about our constitutional mess

A country of purists: the polling which lays bare the death of any compromise on Brexit

In a piece for politics.co.uk, Christina Pagel and Christabel Cooper analyse new polling data to show that a large majority of voters are now Brexit ‘purists’, who support either Remain or No-Deal and won’t have it any other way. And that could mean big trouble for the two main parties. The recent European elections were a disaster for both main parties, with voters defecting en … Continue reading A country of purists: the polling which lays bare the death of any compromise on Brexit

EU elections voting system explained: D’Hondt worry

Christina Pagel gives us a timely and illustrated explainer on the D’Hondt system for the European elections, with tips on how to maximise the impact of your vote. The UK will be taking part in the EU elections next week, and unlike our usual “First past the post” voting system, seats in the EU parliament will be allocated using a form of proportional representation called the … Continue reading EU elections voting system explained: D’Hondt worry

The European Parliament elections: seven things you need to know

Nominations for election to the European Parliament closed on April 25th. We now know which parties will be contesting the elections (if they happen), and who those parties have selected to stand for them in each region of the UK. UCL Constitution Unit’s Alan Renwick offers a brief guide to how the elections will work and what we can expect to learn from them. With … Continue reading The European Parliament elections: seven things you need to know

A General Election is looking more likely – what are the implications for the two main parties?

Christina Pagel and Christabel Cooper analyse the results of a UCL survey (with fieldwork conducted by YouGov), which was generously funded by UCL Mathematics, UCL CORU and UCL’s Grand Challenge of Cultural Understanding. The data shows that as the preferred Brexit outcomes of Labour and Conservative voters harden, both parties stand to suffer in any imminent General Election. (See also the first post of this series of analysis and the results) … Continue reading A General Election is looking more likely – what are the implications for the two main parties?