Parliament and Politics: Key issues for the 2015 Parliament

This section of the Key Issues 2015 publication focuses on the General Election results, constituencies, Members of Parliament and voting expectations.

General Election 2015: results

Analysis of the 2015 General Election result, which transformed the UK's political landscape

General Election polling: a matter of opinion?

How did the pollsters get it so wrong at the 2015 General Election and what lessons might be learned for next time?

Constituency boundaries and the number of MPs

Overview of plans to reduce the number of MPs and proposals by the Boundary Commissions for drawing up new constituency boundaries

The changing relationship between parties, the public and Parliament

Will backbenchers have a greater impact in the 2015 Parliament and how will Parliament respond to calls for more public involvement?

Party funding

Could a cross-party agreement on reform of party funding be achieved in the 2015 Parliament?

MPs and second jobs

Looks at how attitudes towards MPs having second jobs have changed over time and approaches to restrict outside earnings

Votes at 16

Should the voting age in UK elections be lowered to include 16 and 17-year-olds?

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