Proportional Representation

June's Election Was The Third Strike For Westminster's Voting System. It's Out

Darren Hughes | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Politics
Darren Hughes

People are switching their party allegiances at astonishing rates - and our voting system is failing to keep up. And all this undermines the faith voters have that that seats in Parliament will reflect the votes they cast.  This lottery approach to running elections means we have no idea what will happen or how votes will be reflected in our elected Commons.

Democracy In The UK Is Broken... It's Time To Fix It

Joe Moore | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Politics
Joe Moore

After the recent Electoral Reform Society's report that 6.5million people voted tactically in the last election rather than for who they truly believe...

The Next General Election Must Be About Voting Reform

Reece Stafferton | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics
Reece Stafferton

Ensuring everybody is represented through proportional representation, in every area of the UK, is essential in crafting a world-leading democracy, accordant politicians, and successful campaigns. It can only serve all of us well. If anybody doubts such a change can happen, know there's isn't change without hope and those willing to fight for it.

We Have A Chance To Revitalise British Democracy - I Look Forward To Leading The Push

Darren Hughes | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics
Darren Hughes

This is an exciting phase in the ERS' history. It's an honour to be taking over from Katie and I look forward to continuing her efforts to improve how our politics works.

The Conservatives Just Pledged To Take Our Democracy Back Decades

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

Yesterday Theresa May launched the Conservatives' manifesto. There was a lot of talk about 'moving forwards'. But one pledge stuck out as doing the exact opposite.

MPs Will Now Debate Proportional Representation In Parliament - Here's A Handy Set Of Prompts To Help Them Out

Owen Winter | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

A petition calling for Proportional Representation to be adopted for Westminster elections has reached 100,000 signatures on the Government petitions ...

Demand For Electoral Reform Going Strong As Petition Surges Towards 100,000

Owen Winter | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics
Owen Winter

Despite being nearly two years since the last General Election; despite the government sweeping constitutional issues under the carpet; despite Brexit and Trump dominating headlines; people are still clamouring for a fairer voting system.

Devolution And PR: The Antidote To Brexit Poison?

Simon Sapper | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

With the current UK government elected by less than 25% of the electorate, with the centre left arguably firmly shut out of politics, and with the scope to establish the most effective voice at Westminster somewhat stymied by SNP-reduced Parliamentary airspace, this could be a perfect storm set to break over the next couple of years.

Defeating The Tories In 2020

Chris Foren | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Foren

If this task is to be undertaken then we need to start now. No doubt there are many other models to choose from when it comes to alliances. That's why the matter is urgent. Although the chance of a snap election is receding the progressive parties need to be talking to each other in 2017, not 2019. There is hard talking to be done and it can't be left until the last minute.

A Progressive Alliance Is The Only Way To Defeat The Conservatives

Joseph Finlay | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

Would a progressive alliance make much difference? Opponents of the idea argue that, for the Tories to be defeated, most seats need to move from Conservative to Labour, so the aim must be to persuade Conservative areas to switch sides. This is a category error - it looks at seats when it needs to look at votes.

Caroline Lucas: Electoral Reform Would Be a 'Red Line' In Pact Talks With Labour

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

Lucas made the comments as figures from Labour, the Lib Dems and the Greens came together at the Green Party's Autumn Conference for a discussion on the prospect of a 'progressive alliance' for the next General Election - a key plank of the Brighton Pavilion MP and Jonathan Bartley's leadership bid.

How a Broken Voting System Gave South Africa Apartheid in 1948

Owen Winter | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK
Owen Winter

South Africa's broken voting system (the same one we still use in the UK) gave them a government that did not have majority support and ultimately gave them a racist system of oppression that lasted for over 40 years.

Let's Face It: Labour Wouldn't Be in This Mess If We Had PR

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 30.07.2017 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

The party system is in turmoil. And not just after Brexit - although the house of cards now appears to be finally falling down after looking unsteady for some time. It's always risky to pose hypotheticals, but we have to ask ourselves this: would the Labour Party be in its current situation if we had a proportional system...

After Brexit, What Next for Britain's Youth?

Amelia Womack | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Amelia Womack

Currently, the EU provides billions in funding for our Higher Education institutions; gives vital support to Further Education; enables young people to live and study across the continent; and creates jobs and training opportunities. Brexit does not need to mean the end for youth opportunity, but there is a great deal of work to be done to ensure that our futures are not damaged by it.

If 'Take Back Control' Is to Mean Anything, We Need PR

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

Today, there's a chance for politicians on all sides to listen to the result of June 23rd, and to deal with the task at hand in these turbulent times. Let's make the phrase 'take back control' really mean something.

The Current Meltdown in Our Political System Is a Symptom of Our Broken Voting System

Owen Winter | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

It may have been the EU referendum that triggered the recent political uncertainty but the roots of this chaos run much deeper. The only way to re-engage those who feel disillusioned with the political system is a proportional voting system where their voices are counted equally.

A New Settlement for Post Referundum Britain

Simon Sapper | Posted 24.06.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

The future is of course unwritten. The post-referendum landscape will inevitably be different, and we can't leave it to others to shape it. The opportunity to shape a new constitutional settlement - that takes the heat from the referendum campaign and produces something effective, enduring and empowering - is one we must take.

A Brexit Vote Would Put This Government on Thin Ice; Calling a Proportional General Election Would be Cameron's Only Option

Owen Winter | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

In the event of a 'Leave' vote, Britain would be divided, with a new Prime Minister, a surge in political awareness, and big questions to be answered about our future out of the EU. The only way for the country to move on from this divisive referendum, and grant democratic legitimacy to those negotiating Brexit, would be to hold a proportional general election as soon as possible after the result.

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

Owen Winter | Posted 06.04.2017 | 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...

Our Voting System Isn't Just Unfair - it's Tearing Our Country Apart

Owen Winter | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

Our voting system, First Past the Post, creates division and disunity; leaves people unrepresented and politicians unaccountable; and fosters a type of governance which is manipulative, alienating, and spiteful.

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

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 30.11.2016 | 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.

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

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 15.09.2016 | 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.

Is it Time for Proportional Representation?

Tom Hinchcliffe | Posted 31.08.2016 | 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.

To Win Again Labour Needs Proportional Representation

Joseph Finlay | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

If neither moving left, moving right or staying where they are offer Labour a path back to government what strategy should they adopt? The only way forward is to embrace proportional representation.

Electoral Reform and the Tyranny of the Majority

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 03.06.2016 | 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.