Public Debate - "Should we say Yes to AV?"

Thursday 17 March 2011

In 2011 the British people were able to vote in a referendum on the electoral system used for the House of Commons, for the first time.  This debate discussed the likely political and policy implications of switching to the Alternative Vote, and also whether these implications would be good for British democracy.


Speakers: James Forder, Oxford University; Katie Ghose, the Yes Campaign; Helen Margetts, Oxford Internet Institute; Mark Wallace, on behalf of the No to AV Campaign

Why is the European Left Losing Elections?

Tuesday 8 March 2011

For the first time since First World War, governments in Britain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and Italy come from the centre-right. Is this just an accidental quirk of fate or is it more serious?

Speaker: David Miliband MP

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The End of the Peer Show? A debate on the future of the House of Lords

Speakers: The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Shadow Leader of the Commons, Mark Harper MP, Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform, Professor Patrick Dunleavy, London School of Economics, Professor the Rt Revd Lord Harries, Professor Tim Bale, University of Sussex

Media Coverage: Lords reform should redistribute power, not promote "elective dictatorship|" by Stuart Weir, 21 July 2011, openDemocracy.net 

Growing the aid budget at a time of deficit reduction: moral imperative and political challenge

Harriet Harman MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, sets out the arguments for overseas aid and, in a changing economic and political environment, the political challenge of increasing the aid budget.