Electoral Reform Society report on ‘the future of the political party’

Open Up: the future of the political party was published by the Electoral Reform Society in December 2014.

Based on polling in the 40 most marginal Labour-Conservative seats, as well as a survey of ERS members, supporters and the wider public, the report makes four core recommendations. These are:

  • Increased role for non-members Parties’ experiments with involving non fee-paying supporters should be accelerated
  • More member- and supporter-led policymaking People want to see an end to top-down, command-and-control politics
  • Party funding reform Parties’ reliance on big donors is undermining people’s trust in them
  • Electoral reform A fairer voting system would help meet people’s expectations of having a greater choice of parties and more consensual policymaking