Policy

Reforming the constitution and political system

Issue

The government is working to reform our political and constitutional system to help restore people’s faith in politics and politicians.

We want to make politicians and public services more accountable by giving people the ability to recall their MP and devolving more power to local services and communities.

We also need to update some of the ways our constitution works, such as reforming the way people register to vote to make the electoral registration system more effective and efficient.

Actions

We will:

We introduced fixed-term Parliaments of 5 years in September 2011. Fixed-term Parliaments mean that Prime Ministers no longer have the power to call a general eection when they want, so the party in power cannot choose a date that would give the party an advantage in elections (eg because opinion polls are in their favour).

The date of the next general election is scheduled to be 7 May 2015.

As part of our continuing work on constitutional and political reform, we’re also working to increase voter registrations as much as possible.

Background

We have published details of ministerial meetings and how government obtains goods and services, along with a number of other items of public interest.

Bills and Legislation

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011-12 fixes the length of Parliamentary terms to 5 years.

The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 speeds up changes to the way people register to vote in Great Britain, moving from a Household Registration system to Individual Electoral Registration.

The Succession to the Crown Act 2012-13 changes the rules of succession to throne and regulations of royal marriage.

The Mental Health (Discrimination) (No.2) Bill removes existing barriers that discriminate against MPs, jurors and company directors suffering from mental illness.

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