Big new changes in the British electoral system - devolved assemblies for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, proportional representation for the European parliament and the direct election of London's Mayor - have all been introduced since the general election in 1997, and others may be on the way. They are described and discussed by Dick Leonard, a political journalist and former MP, and Roger Mortimore, a senior opinion pollster, in this completely revised and updated edition.
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction When Elections are Held The Voters Constituencies and the Electoral System Political Parties: National Political Parties: Local Candidates The Campaign in the Constituencies The National Campaign Polling Day By-elections, Local Elections, Euro-elections and Referenda Opinion Polls How People Note How Much Does it Cost - and Who Pays for It? An Evolving System Appendices Bibliography Index
DICK LEONARD, a leading political journalist, is currently European Community Correspondent for The Observer and Senior Advisor to the Centre for European Policy Studies. He was previously an assistant editor of The Economist, and also teaches a university course in journalism. A former Labour MP for Romford, and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Anthony Crosland, his previous books include Guide to the General Election, The Backbencher and Parliament (co-editor with Valentine Herman), Paying for Party Politics, Word Atlas of Elections (with Richard Natkiel) and The Economist Guide to the European Union. - ROGER MORTIMORE has worked for MORI since 1993 as Political Analyst and Senior Political Assistant to the Chairman, Robert M. Worcester, concentrating on political and constitutional research as well as on opinion polling methodology. He was extensively involved with MORI's election opinion polling in 1997, in particular with the weekly surveys for The Times and with the Independent Television News (ITN) Exit poll. He is also responsible for editing British Public Opinion newsletter.