20th March 2023: 1.00pm
Democracy is in trouble
Frances Crook, co-convenor of the Commission on Political Power, leads a discussion about what needs to change about democracy in the UK.
Democracy in the UK is failing. The executive appears corrupt and incompetent, and parliament is hobbled. A newly established Commission on Political Power is working to lead public debate about what remedies we need to restore probity and public confidence.
The Commission on Political Power is a nonpartisan group of people attempting to lead public debate about what changes are needed to reform our political institutions. Democracy is failing and traditional institutions are struggling to respond. There has been political and financial corruption at the heart of government and whilst it is recognised that change is needed, it seems that change is not coming.
The Commission has published two papers setting out options for reform of the monarch and the executive and is about to publish ideas on what a second parliamentary chamber could look like. A fourth paper will consider new ideas for democratic structures.
Frances Crook will be leading a discussion about what needs to change. She led a voluntary organisation working on criminal justice for thirty years and is now the co-convenor of the Commission, alongside Baroness Frances D’Souza, who was the Speaker of the House of Lords and sits as a Crossbencher. Frances Crook has also been a non-executive director in the NHS and university governor.
Learn more: commissionpoliticalpower.uk • Twitter