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2019 General Election 'manifesto comparison' survey results released

September 16, 2020
Posted in  by Matt CM
Results from our 2019 General Election 'manifesto comparison' survey are now available, showing data for England, Scotland, and Wales, including results from each constituency.
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2019 wrap-up: Good result for VfP, bad result for democracy

January 9, 2020
Posted in  by Matt CM
Looking back at the 2019 general election, how did it go from the perspective of an organisation committed to improving participation in elections? One of the more surprising outcomes was that the Vote for Policies survey was taken 1.1 million times in the 12 days it was live. This is more than any other election […]
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The 2019 survey: what's changed...

November 29, 2019
Posted in  by Matt CM
As with the 2017 survey, we made some changes to the categories we used. It's always a compromise, but our aim is to do what provides the most value for most people. Categories The changes we made were based upon reading through the manifestos and seeing areas of consistency across parties. The change we made […]
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2019 general election manifestos

November 29, 2019
Posted in  by Matt CM
Let's face it, the only way we're ever going to know everything the parties are promising to do is by reading their manifestos! So here they are. England, Scotland and Wales Below are links to the 2017 manifestos for the parties we included in our survey covering England, Scotland and Wales. Where available, we have […]
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Top tips for voters in 2019

August 18, 2019
Posted in  by Matt CM
When you take the Vote for Policies survey you'll most likely choose policies from more than one party, so how do you decide which party to vote for? Ultimately there is no substitute for reading the manifestos in full (gulp!), but if that idea fills you with dread, here are a few tips to help you […]
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Open source code for manifesto trackers around the world

December 2, 2018
Posted in  by Matt CM
Manifesto trackers (sometimes also called 'policy trackers' or 'promise trackers') are an essential resource in any democracy - yet there are very few of them worldwide. That's why we are making our website code available for anyone that want's to use it. Our code is already being put to use by non-partisan organisations in Africa […]
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Fundraising for June 8th - we need your help!

April 25, 2017
Posted in  by Matt CM
Update: our crowdfunder has now closed, but you can still support our 2017 campaign by donating here. Thanks.  The election announcement may have caught us a little off guard but I am fired up and excited about getting Vote for Policies up for the run up to June 8th! With so little time, it's not going […]
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Develop for Democracy! Volunteer web developers needed

October 14, 2016
Posted in  by Matt CM
Vote for Policies is a volunteer-run, independent, and politically neutral service with the aim of helping more people to vote - and know exactly what they’re voting for. Our website enables people to compare policies without knowing which party they belong to. It’s our method of increasing turnout, and the results are really surprising. Over […]
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Election response - where do we go from here?

May 8, 2015
Posted in  by Matt CM
Whether today's election result brings delight or dismay, we can all agree it's a surprise. Not only is the result different to the polls' predictions, it is also vastly different to the results we see on Vote for Policies when people choose parties based on policies. Why is this? Before answering that we need to recognise how […]
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