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£3.5m spent towards 14,000 minutes of MPs standing in division lobbies

MPs spent an estimated 14,000 minutes standing in division lobbies during the 2010 – 2015 Parliament, according to analysis by WebRoots Democracy. This equates to almost an entire month, based on a working day of 8 hours. Using the value of MPs’ salaries over this period, the cost to the public purse is estimated at … Continue reading £3.5m spent towards 14,000 minutes of MPs standing in division lobbies

Welsh Government announce plans to pilot online voting for elections

The Welsh Government has announced plans to pilot remote online voting in elections. The decision follows a broad public consultation undertaken by the Government and was announced alongside a raft of other democratic reforms including lowering the voting age to 16. It follows a similar commitment by the Scottish Government to trial online voting. These … Continue reading Welsh Government announce plans to pilot online voting for elections

Russian Embassy: Brexit is of ‘no great importance’ and accusations of meddling are ‘outright insulting’

In a written submission to WebRoots Democracy, the Russian Embassy have denied accusations of trying to meddle with the UK’s referendum on EU membership, describing the claims as ‘outright insulting’. The statement was submitted for WebRoots Democracy’s event entitled ‘Did Russia hack the referendum?’ taking place in London on January 22nd. The Embassy further state … Continue reading Russian Embassy: Brexit is of ‘no great importance’ and accusations of meddling are ‘outright insulting’

MPs clamour for electronic voting in the House of Commons

Following the vote on the European Union Withdrawal Bill, a number of MPs have called for the UK to introduce electronic voting in Parliament with the Green Party Co-Leader, Caroline Lucas MP, describing the current system as “barmy”. The SNP MP for Aberdeen North, Kirsty Blackman, tweeted that the existing lobby system is “archaic” and … Continue reading MPs clamour for electronic voting in the House of Commons

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