The Electoral Reform Society welcome Sue Gray’s comments on Citizens’ Assemblies to restore trust in politics

The Electoral Reform Society reacts to comments from Sue Gray, proposing the use of Citizens’ Assemblies by the Labour party to inform policy decisions.  

Willie Sullivan, Director of Campaigns for the ERS says:

“We welcome this morning’s reports that Labour is considering the use of Citizens’ Assemblies.

“Trust is a two-way street, if politicians are to restore our trust in politics, they have to also trust the people.

“Citizens’ Assemblies have been shown to help other countries, such as Ireland, navigate divisive issues and political impasses, and should play a vital role in the UK.

“The best way to rejuvenate our democracy, restore trust and make politics work better for the country is to have the public more directly involved in the big policy decisions that impact them.”