Constitutional Reform - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is in the Government’s programme of political and constitutional reform?

The programme includes:

  • speeding up the implementation of Individual Electoral Registration (moving from the traditional system of household electoral registration); this change should be completed by 2015.
  • providing a referendum on whether or not to keep the existing first-past-the-post system or adopt the alternative vote, and for a review of constituency boundaries. The referendum was held on 5 May 2011.
  • establishing fixed parliamentary terms of 5 years. The date of the next general election will be 7 May 2015;
  • pursuing a detailed agreement on limiting donations and reforming party funding;
  • introducing a power of recall for MPs guilty of serious wrongdoing;
  • increasing transparency in lobbying, including through a statutory register;
  • considering the consequences of devolution for the House of Commons.

The current list of issues is set out in our Structural Reform Plan.

Who is responsible for the political and constitutional reform programme?

The Deputy Prime Minister has special responsibility for political and constitutional reform, supported by the Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform, Chloe Smith.

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