Citizens’ Convention: MPs’ expenses was a factor for majority of voters
Results just in from Demos and Ipsos MORI's Citizens' Convention on MPs' expenses
The Citizens' Convention is underway at the Southbank Centre. From a representative sample of 50 members of the public convening now at the Royal Festival Hall:
- Of the participants who voted, 6 in 10 said the scandal was a factor in the way they voted
- Of those who did not vote, 7 in 10 of the participants said the MPs’ expenses scandal was a factor in their decision not to vote
- Only half of the participants voted in today’s elections
- 1 in 20 of the participants did not know there was an election today
With government going into meltdown on front pages and computer screens across the country, today's elections look set to change the political landscape we have become familiar with over the last decade. The most striking result from recent elections has been that of widespread voter apathy, but the mood at the Southbank tonight signals a changing tide. Participants are battling it out over the future of MPs' pay and expenses; should MPs' be paid more? Should they have second homes or university-style 'halls' of residence? Who decides when an MP isn't playing by the rules and how do we deal with that?
Stay tuned for more results and get involved in the debate with your thoughts below.