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

General Election polling: a matter of opinion?
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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
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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
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Will backbenchers have a greater impact in the 2015 Parliament and how will Parliament respond to calls for more public involvement?

Party funding: buoyant, broken or bust?
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Could a cross-party agreement on reform of party funding be achieved in the 2015 Parliament?

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

Votes at 16 for the general election in 2020?
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Should the voting age in UK elections be lowered to include 16 and 17-year-olds?

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