A Long Way to Go: The Final Report of the Speaker's Conference on Parliamentary Representation



    1. Anniversary Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, a Fellow of the British Academy and author of Feminizing Politics and State Feminism and Political Representation.
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The Speaker's Conference on Parliamentary Representation reported in January 2010. The report calls for a host of measures to improve the representativeness of the House of Commons and to revitalise political parties, as well as to enhance citizenship education, develop youth and community citizenship engagement programmes, and more generally to revitalise British democracy. Early responses indicate that the government and political parties will take the report seriously. The report is thoughtful, thorough and extensive, a treasure trove for policy makers, advocates and researchers. If it has a weakness, it is that it shows a better understanding of parliamentary reform than of party reform.