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Individual electoral registration

On 6 December 2011, the British Academy held a policy forum on Individual Electoral Registration. The forum brought together leading academics, politicians, policymakers and other practitioners to discuss the government's plans to introduce Individual Electoral Registration in the UK and to feed in comments and concerns ahead of the publication of legislation in the New Year.

On 6 December 2011, the British Academy held a policy forum on Individual Electoral Registration. The forum brought together leading academics, politicians, policymakers and other practitioners to discuss the government's plans to introduce Individual Electoral Registration in the UK and to feed in comments and concerns ahead of the publication of legislation in the New Year.

The forum was chaired by Professor Iain McLean FBA, Official Fellow in Politics, Nuffield College and Professor of Politics, University of Oxford.  The Minister for Political and Constitutional reform, Mark Harper MP, began the discussion by setting out the government's plans for introducing Individual Electoral Registration.

There were a number of presentations from academics and interested parties exploring what IER would mean and what its impact would be, including a presentation from Joe Twyman, Director of Political and Social Research at YouGov.  Using the results of a YouGov survey of 1,700 people, Joe discussed whether registration was seen by the British public as a civic duty or a voluntary activity. 

List of participants

Mr Lewis Baston, Democratic Audit
Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA, Institute for Contemporary History
Dr Hugh Buchanan, Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland
Mr David Cowling, BBC
Mr Wayne David MP, House of Commons
Ms Helen Haggart, British Academy
Ms Maria Hannan, Cabinet Office
Mr Mark Harper MP, House of Commons
Professor Simon Hix FBA, LSE
Dr Toby James, Swansea University
Professor Ron Johnston FBA, University of Bristol
Mr Martin Kettle, The Guardian
Lord David Lipsey, House of Lords
Mr Steven Mark, House of Commons
Professor Iain McLean FBA, University of Oxford
Dr Roger Mortimore, Ipsos MORI
Lord Philip Norton, House of Lords
Ms Karen Quaintmere, Association of Electoral Administrators
Ms Gemma Rosenblatt, The Electoral Commission
Mr Michel Saminaden, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Ms Emily Shrosbree, Office for National Statistics
Ms Louise Stamp, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Ms Victoria Staples, Office for National Statistics
Mr Bill Thorpe, Cabinet Office
Mr Joe Twyman, YouGov
Ms Jenny Watson, The Electoral Commission
Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg, University of Liverpool and Democratic Audit


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