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Are citizens’ assemblies the future?

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In the Times today is the latest instalment of Tom Baldwin’s authorised biography of Keir Starmer. It includes reports that Labour chief of staff Sue Gray has been drawing up plans for so-called citizens’ assemblies. Are citizens’ juries the future of democracy? Or is this simply a way for Starmer to avoid making policy decisions? 

Elsewhere there is some interesting polling out from the think tank Labour Together, warning that Labour should not get complacent despite their huge poll lead and recent by-election success. This is due to the large ‘don’t know’ vote share and the possibility that the Reform vote could be squeezed at a general election. What would happen if the Reform vote collapses?

James Heale speaks to Katy Balls and Fraser Nelson. 

Produced by Oscar Edmondson. 


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