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The 2013 Hansard Society annual Audit of Political Engagement 10, published May 15, shows that the public are still disillusioned, disenchanted and disengaged from politics
of Political Engagement 10
The 2013 Hansard Society annual Audit
of Political Engagement 10, published May 15, shows that the public are so
disillusioned, disenchanted and disengaged from politics that:
41% of the public say they are certain to vote in the event of a general
election, compared to 48% last year and 58% two years ago.
public’s propensity to vote is now the lowest ever recorded in the Audit
12% of 18-24 year olds say they are absolutely certain to vote – compared
to 22% last year and 30% two years ago.
of the public say they are ‘absolutely certain not to vote’ - compared to 16% last year and double the
number who said the same two years ago (10%).
42% of the public say they would vote in an election in the future ‘if they felt strongly
enough about an issue’; that 58% of people are still not prepared to vote
even if they feel strongly, suggests serious disillusionment with the efficacy
Under-18s debate the impact
of the internet on them and on wider society
Monday 29 April -
Friday 17 May 2013
A new Hansard Society
report points the way forward
landscape of print, broadcasting and social media is changing rapidly and how
it alters affects Parliament’s ability to communicate and engage with the
public it serves. A new report from
the Hansard Society – #futurenews:
The Communication of Parliamentary Democracy in a Digital World – explores these strategic communication trends and how
Parliament needs to respond in order
to keep pace and ensure it has a voice in the political debate commensurate
with its role at the apex of our democracy.
bank CEOs are men
Two thirds of public appointments go to men
Almost 90% of chief constables and police & crime commissioners
Two thirds of local councillors
and Power 2013: Who Runs Britain?
Under-18s debate gender and power with politicians
4-22 March 2013
Why is there still a pay gap between men and women? Why are
there so few female MPs? Why are the top jobs in business and the media
dominated by men?
From Monday 4 March the HeadsUp
forum – Should more women be in
charge? – will be open for
under-18s to debate with politicians and key decision-makers what is holding
women back from reaching the top of their professions.
of Parliament’s effectiveness shows signs of improvement, says new Hansard
On the day
the House of Commons debates the effectiveness of select committees (Jan 31, 2013), initial
results from the Hansard Society’s 2013
Audit of Political Engagement 10 demonstrate
some interesting improvements in the public’s perception of Parliament over the
course of the last year.
A new Hansard Society briefing paper, Assembly Line?
The Experiences and Development of new Assembly Members, examines how
AMs newly elected in 2011 have made the transition from members of the public
to elected representatives of the National Assembly for
Evidence from the study shows:
Politician of the Year – Political Studies Association
The Speaker and Hansard Society Co-President Rt Hon John
Bercow MP was awarded Politician of the Year by the PSA. The judges explained their
decision as follows:
‘Bercow has had a
tremendous impact since the position became his in June 2009, consistently holding
the Executive to account. During this time, there has been a shift in the way
in which the House operates and his impact can be highlighted by the central
role he has played in reforming
Parliament in the wake of the expenses scandal. He is a deserved recipient if
the Politician of the Year Award.’’
The PSA added:
‘In addition to his
role following the expenses scandal, Bercow’s calls for
House reform have expressed his
desire for increased transparency,
greater numbers of women and minorities
in Parliament, more powers for Select Committees, as well as measures to help
Parliament – not Government – set the agenda.’
debate transport issues with
November - 14 December 2012
fares for young people fair? Should money be spent on large-scale transport
projects or invested locally? Are young people properly consulted on this
Monday 26 November the HeadsUp forum
paying too much for too little?
- will be open for
under-18s to debate transport issues
with key decision-makers in this area. Taking part are MPs and peers from across
the political spectrum, as well as key individuals from national and
international transport organisations.