Electoral Reform

We (Still) Want Proportional Representation! An Open Letter to John Penrose MP

Owen Winter | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

The 2015 General Election was the most disproportionate general election in British history. The Conservatives won a majority of 12 with only 37% of the vote. UKIP got four million votes and the Green Party got over one million votes, but only won one seat each...

The Government Should Let Union Members Choose How They Vote

Katie Ghose | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

This Wednesday, the Chancellor will present his budget for the year ahead. But it's not the only important thing happening that day: though it might not dominate the headlines, the government's controversial Trade Union Bill will reach its final stages in the House of Lords. What it represents is a last chance for the government to reconsider its position to ban unions from allowing members to vote online - a ban that no other civil society group faces.

Getting It Right: Voter Registration Lessons For The UK

Oliver Sidorczuk | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Politics
Oliver Sidorczuk

In Britain, we have a serious, growing problem with the health of our democracy. Yet policy-makers have systematically failed to look beyond our shores and undertake even a basic search for the available solutions to our problems.

We Need to Get Together to Deliver Electoral Reform

Natalie Bennett | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The arguments for a political system that's genuinely democratic, that produces a government reflecting the will of the people that encourages a more constructive, effective politics are overwhelmingly strong. Britain needs to do this. It needs to do it soon. That requires parties, campaigners - the people - to get together and demand the change. Today's one step in that process.

This Wednesday, We Have a Chance to Put PR on the Agenda in Westminster

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

At the crux of the issue is this: multi-party politics is here to stay, but our old-fashioned two-party system can't cope with the choices of modern voters. We clearly need a much fairer voting system.

Packing the Lords Is No Way to Handle Today's Tax Credits Vote

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

'Constitutional chaos' - that's the PM's verdict if Lords go ahead and vote against the government's changes to tax credits today. There are hints from the PM that he is threatening to stuff the House of Lords with 100 extra Conservative Peers if the upper chamber goes against Ministers' wishes and opposes the cuts.

£2.6Billion - The Price of an Unfair Voting System

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

It's time politicians from all parties woke up to the need for a fairer voting system. First Past the Post is hurting our democracy - and now we've discovered it's a financial disaster, too.

An Open Letter to Conservative MPs: No, We Didn't Vote to Keep First Past The Post in 2011

Owen Winter | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

AV is not PR and MPs know it. Don't let them weasel their way out of this debate.

TUC Congress: An Historic Day for the Campaign for Fair Votes

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

More unions could soon be echoing this sentiment and pushing for PR once the TUC's research is out next year. The campaign for fair votes is only getting stronger.

From 'JezWeCan' to 'JeezTheyDid': Where Next for the Jeremy Corbyn Insurgency?

Professor Charles Lees | Posted 12.09.2015 | UK Politics
Professor Charles Lees

Jeremy Corbyn's historic victory today on the first round of voting with nearly 60% of the vote has been anticipated for weeks and does not come as a surprise. But for political commentators it still has the capacity to shock. It is no longer a question of 'JesWeCan'. It is now 'JeezThey Did'.

There Will Never Be Another Labour Prime Minister, Unless We Change Our Voting System

Owen Winter | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

Since it's inception, Labour has been a broadchurch. No other party has a range of views as wide as Tony Blair to Jeremy Corbyn. No other party has such deep rifts. The sellotape that seals Labour's chasms? Our voting system.

A Quarter Of People In Hackney Could Be About To Lose Their Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Politics

One in four people in the London Borough of Hackney could lose their right to vote by Christmas. Some 23% of the area's registered voters would be ...

Is it Time for Proportional Representation?

Tom Hinchcliffe | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Hinchcliffe

Although the installation of proportional representation looks highly unlikely in the UK, if minor parties manage to continue their rise into future elections, some form of electoral reform could take place with overwhelming public support.

Building an Inclusive, Engaging and Successful Campaign for Electoral Reform

Owen Winter | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

Since the general election, partly due to the lack of MPs for popular parties such as Ukip, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party, there has been a groundswell in support for electoral reform. People are angry about the results of the election and its time we thought to capitalise.

In Praise of 25 Caroline Lucases

Sian Berry | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Politics
Sian Berry

I was proud to represent the Greens at the recent rally for voting reform at Parliament, organised by Unlock Democracy and Owen Winter, the Member of ...

Localism and Decentralism Must Be Part of a Much Wider Political Reform Agenda

John Tizard | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Localism, devolution and decentralisation are currently key buzz words right across Whitehall and town halls throughout the country. Now whilst it is very important that these words evolve into effective policy (and do so for places beyond the major cities and city regions), it is, in my view, equally important that the move upwards to local government does not stop at the town or county hall but extends even further, up to communities and neighbourhoods.

I Was a Tory - Until I Educated Myself

Louise Wilson | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Louise Wilson

I have a confession: I once was a Tory supporter. Or at least, I thought I was. This is going back a decade, when I was in my early teens and just beginning to pay attention to the world outside my own life.

Electoral Reform and the Tyranny of the Majority

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

In a straightforward battle of first past the post versus proportional representation, voters will make their decision based on self-interest. The tyranny of the majority, and thus the first past the post system, will inevitably prevail, as it did so convincingly in the 2011 referendum.

If You Felt Like Your Vote Didn't Count for Much on 7 May, You're Not on Your Own

Katie Ghose | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

We're the last country in Europe to use the outdated and broken system of First Past the Post. Nearly every advanced democracy uses some kind of proportional system where seats really do reflect votes cast.

Britain's Electoral System Is Broken and In Need of Serious Reform

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

I have always believed, perhaps naively, that in a democracy, if a system is shown to be manifestly unjust and unfair, then those who have the power to address the problem will respond positively. Action will then follow to address the grievance. Alas, this often is not the case.

Did the Conservatives Really Win the General Election?

Adriano Mérola Marotta | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Politics
Adriano Mérola Marotta

Since the Conservative party "won" the UK general election on May 7th, people have taken to the streets across the UK in a defiant display of disenchantment with the electoral system and the austerity consensus of the major political parties. The prospect of 5 more years of crippling austerity has prompted many to reclaim the future of UK politics.

From Town Halls to Westminster, We Need Proportional Representation

Natalie Bennett | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

For the Green Party the maths is simple. Our more than 1.1million votes would, under a proportional system, have delivered 24 seats. Instead we got just one - the return of the brilliant MP for Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas. In a multiparty democracy first-past-the-post, a failed system for decades, is clearly comprehensively out of date.

Is a Labour Victory Actually Possible? - Some Heretical Thoughts

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

As the graph shows, two party politics has been slowly dying since the 1950s. However our electoral system continues to make it surprisingly easy for one party to form a Government. But, if this pattern continues, then Government - all Governments - will increasingly lack legitimacy.

Electoral Reform: It's Needed but There's No Simple Solution

Toby Gould | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Toby Gould

People in favour of reform can't agree and thus anti-reformists have the upper hand. Despite this, I still believe that we need to have open debates about the future of our electoral system and that we need to look in to ways of altering it to make it more representative. While simple country-wide PR is not the answer, neither is rejecting reform altogether.

Calls For Electoral Reform Have United Some Unusual Political Rivals

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Politics

Calls for a change in the electoral system are growing stronger following yesterday’s General Election results - and have united some rather unusual...