"We need to ask where we go next on constitutional reform, how to re-engage people in our democracy, how to renew local government, and how to strengthen civil society. And, because politics is fundamentally about what government does, we need to ask questions about how government itself needs to adapt to the challenges of the modern world."

from 'How do we do more to connect politics and people?' Labour's 'Big Conversation' website.

This website aims to offer a constructive response to these questions by democratising the House of Lords in such a manner that:

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It's not just the Labour Party that is seeking answers to the conundrum of how to do more to connect politics and people. Voter participation tumbled to its lowest post-war level at the last election. There is a real possibility that the next parliament may be the first to be elected on less than 50% turnout. People are losing faith in the ability of politicians to improve their lives. Cynicism is becoming more attractive than participation.

New initiatives designed to encourage voters are dismissed as gimmicks. Voting at your local supermarket may seem attractive but convenience can never truly replace conviction as a reason to participate. People no longer feel represented. The first step towards re-engagement is to convince the electorate that their vote really counts.

Currently, most of the votes cast at the general election have no effect. Under the First Past The Post system, only those votes cast for the winning candidate actually result in representation. So, if you live in a constituency where you know that only one party is going to win, the incentive to participate is undermined. This effect is greatly magnified for supporters of minority parties, who know in advance that their vote will be little more than a gesture. Surely, many more would consider it worthwhile to participate in the general election if democratic weight could be added to the single vote they cast to elect an MP?

That is where the secondary mandate comes in.

It is a form of indirect election which distributes the seats in the second chamber in proportion to the votes cast in the general election.

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