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There is plenty of evidence pointing to a parliamentary meltdown at the next election

As the party conference begins, Nick Clegg should take pride in his moderating influence on the Coalition

Eight per cent. That, give or take a couple of percentage points, is the Liberal Democrats’ natio.....

What a democratic revolution in the Somerset town of Frome could teach our political class

Three hours in the company of boisterous local volunteers gave our writer a precious insight into the regeneration of civic society in Britain

Andreas Whittam Smith with members of the Democracy 2015 team. The movement aims to return political power to ordinary people

The values of Democracy 15 will come from our supporters. Are these a good starting point?

The nascent political movement started by the founder of The Independent has held a series of public meetings and is now debating its core values

A dramatic step forward for Democracy 2015: Adam Lotun to stand in Corby by-election on November 15

A month ago, the founder of The Independent launched a new political movement. Today he announces his first parliamentary candidate

West Coast trainline scandal reveals the true shambles at the heart of our Government

Institutional failures of competence and management led to a botched use of public money and show the terrible lack of experience among our political class

Democracy 2015: A question and answer session

Over a fortnight ago, the founder of The Independent and a team of interns set up a new political movement. This video explains what it is and where it's going.

Democracy 2015: where our supporters come from

Where do you the supporters of Democracy 2015 live? We have plotted on the map above the location.....

Andreas Whittam Smith with members of the Democracy 2015 team. The movement aims to return political power to ordinary people

An American View on British Politics

How the findings of a leading American political pollster support the goals of 'Democracy 2015'

The real meaning of 'omnishambles'

An air of extreme incompetence has attached itself to this government

Andreas Whittam Smith with members of the Democracy 2015 team. The movement aims to return political power to ordinary people

Democracy 2015: An update

Together with a team of interns, the founder of The Independent launched an exciting new political movement last week. Here's a report on their progress

Get in touch: Bring our ailing democracy back to life

If ordinary people are to reclaim politics from the party elites, if they are to reinvigorate Bri.....

Andreas Whittam Smith with members of the Democracy 2015 team. The movement aims to return political power to ordinary people

How you can bring our ailing democracy back to life

Yesterday, Andreas Whittam Smith, founder of  The Independent, announced a bold plan for a new political movement to restore British democracy. Here he unveils an initial manifesto for Democracy 2015 – and explains how you can get involved

The Independent’s founding editor Andreas Whittam Smith with the newspaper’s intern students

Andreas Whittam Smith: Our democracy is desperately sick. This is your chance to help save it

Creative use of digital media could exceed the power of political parties to raise funds

The Independent’s founding editor Andreas Whittam Smith with the newspaper’s intern students

Reclaim power: Independent founder's bid to rescue politics from party elites

Tomorrow's unveiling of Democracy2015 aims to address growing voter mistrust in Westminster

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