In another blow for electoral reform, the Government announced their intention to cast out the use of the Supplementary Vote system in local mayoral and Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
An amendment to the Elections Bill, introduced at Committee Stage, will - if passed - see First Past the Post used instead.
The planned measures have been widely derided by the sector, with the Electoral Reform Society saying, "First Past the Post will make it easier for unpopular or extreme candidates to slip into town halls."
With the Elections Bill a huge cause for concern in our sector, Unlock Democracy has launched a dedicated Action Centre.
The new online portal makes it simple to take an action - you can choose from sharing info on social media through to writing to your MP. Of course, you can take as many actions as you like!
Check out an opportunity to report back on how the Elections Bill will affect you.
Here's a big opportunity to work with digital democracy leader, MySociety. They're looking for a Policy and Advocacy Manager, primarily working on the Climate programme. You'll lead and develop the policy approach, linking it to the organisation's overall direction. It's also entirely remote.
Apply by 27 September.
Interested in public debate, free speech and active citizenship? Age 18-30? If so, Speakers Corner Trust have a great opportunity for you!
They're looking for a Trustee to get involved in driving the Trust's strategy forward. You'll participate in board meetings four times a year with the rest of the trustee team.
A huge extra bonus is mentoring from a current Board member!
Contact Louise Third MBE for more info.
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