There has been much debate this week about the televised debates during next year's general election campaign. Who should be allowed to take part? The leaders of the traditional three main parties? Or only those leaders who realistically could become prime minister? Or should the debate be widened to include other ‘minority’ parties? If the number of members of each political party is anything to go by, then it may be time for a complete rethink.
According to a report produced by the House of Commons Library last month, membership of political parties is at an historic low. Less than one per cent of the electorate is a member of the top three parties.