The Putney Debates 2018 - The Electoral System: Is it Time for Reform?

Session II

The Putney Debates 2018 were held on 2 February 2018 at St Mary's Church, Putney, to address the UK's constitutional future in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union.​ 

Denis GalliganOxford Socio-Legal Professor and Putney Debates convenor, Chairs the Debates

Robert Hazell CBEFounder of the Constitution Unit, and the Independent Commission on Proportional Representation, opens Session II with his insights on electoral reform

Anna Cootesocial policy analyst, writer, and advocate, on the ways the electoral system reflects wider social phenomena concerning power, inequality, and control

Mark Knights, History Professor, Warwick, on corruption, iniquities, and reform within the UK electoral system over the centuries

Alexandra Runswick, Director of Unlock Democracy, outlines her proposals for electoral reform

Philip Schofield, Professor of Legal & Political Thought, UCL, presents a Benthamic perspective on the question of electoral reform