Three million more Britons will gain the right to vote

The Elections Bill is at committee stage in the House of Commons. It has the potential to have major impacts on voter numbers and the characteristics of the UK electorate, giving 3 million British citizens overseas the right to vote for life. What impact will this have on democracy and the Electoral Commission?

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Why Facebook advertising should be part of your local campaigning

I am sure many of us have sat in association meetings and been told at least once that we don’t need traditional literature anymore and “everything can be done via social media”. In truth, all forms of media provide a way of communicating with the electorate and all have value if used sensibly at the right time. Social media is no different. So, what is the best way to use it?

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So, you want to become a Conservative MP?

The list of Approved Conservative Candidates is being refreshed, with all those previously on the list being asked to complete a new application and attend a ‘Re-list Assessment Centre’, if they still want to pursue a Parliamentary career.

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The Boundary Review is Here. What Now?

As MPs and constituency officers pore over the details of the review released publicly this morning, there may well be some fulminating and harrumphing about some of the changes.

Whilst overall the review is seen by many commentators as consolidating or improving the Conservative position, there are places where sitting Conservative MPs might be feeling more vulnerable this morning.

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Digital campaigning must be constant. Not just for a few weeks before an election.

Maintaining a high level of contact with electors is proven to deliver results at council level, and where turnout is low, this can mean the difference between winning and losing. Historically this took the form of leafleting and canvassing, door-to-door or by phone, but increasingly leaflets go straight in the recycling and fewer people are willing to engage with canvassers. This is where digital tools become game changers.

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