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About Gavin Barker

Gavin Barker is based in Truro. He campaigns on constitutional issues and also locally for constitutional reform and stronger public services, and is a participant in Assemblies for Democracy.

Articles by Gavin Barker

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

A Local Constituency Pact: grassroots manifesto for strong local democracy

We must define the rules and principles by which power is exercised. With the constitutional crisis brought about by Brexit, we may be nearer to that moment than we think.

Brexit means…progressive alliances, or ‘corporate absolutism’?

The ‘Leave’ vote, however manipulated by the media, was not just a rejection of Brussels technocracy but of the political status quo at Westminster. It’s time to rewrite the constitutional and political rules from scratch.

Democracy needs informed debate: how do we get it?

Democracy requires informed debate. Gavin Barker sets out a proposal for how Assemblies for Democracy and other citizen groups can help to improve citizens' access to high quality information.

Holding MPs to account: a Truro experiment

To hold our MPs to account we need to know what they promised to do before they were elected. We also need to have a clearer sense of what we expect them to do. How can we achieve these aims?

Localism and the web: a new era for England's democracy?

Local English democracy may look endangered, but new technologies are revolutionising the way we perceive our communities and take collective decisions.
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