The Government should be allowed to negotiate the best possible deal and the public should be asked to choose between the negotiated deal and remaining in the EU
Owen first got involved in politics when he stood for and was voted Member of UK Youth Parliament in 2015 aged 16. Around the general election that same year he started an online petition for Proportional Representation receiving 240,000 signatures before being presented to David Cameron after the election in 2015. Connecting with other electoral reform campaigns through social media led to the birth of Make Votes Matter – a cross-party campaign to introduce proportional representation to the House of Commons by 2021, of which Owen is co-founder and spokesperson. Owen is also a student of History and Politics at Oxford University, a member of the Council of the Electoral Reform Society and the Youth Officer of Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.
And with a voting system like ours, it’s hardly surprising
05/07/2018 15:13 BST
I Wouldn’t Be At Oxford University If My Parents Couldn’t Afford My Bus Pass, Which is Why Labour’s New Policy is Crucial
In a Britain of spiralling living costs, insecure employment and massive inequalities, free bus travel is the sort of radical policy that will redress the balance
13/04/2018 15:04 BST
We can’t yet know the full impact of illicit influence or foreign intervention in that election. But we do know that the system offers the perfect environment for any such attempts
22/03/2018 16:46 GMT
Although we are lucky in the UK to have the right to vote, we must take action to reform our woefully unrepresentative political system
06/02/2018 15:53 GMT
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.
06/03/2017 10:25 GMT
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.
25/08/2016 17:16 BST
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.
19/07/2016 17:37 BST
A Brexit Vote Would Put This Government on Thin Ice; Calling a Proportional General Election Would be Cameron's Only Option
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.
20/06/2016 15:41 BST
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...
05/04/2016 16:47 BST
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.
06/03/2016 18:45 GMT
The House of Commons cannot make decisions in the interests of the people whilst it is so unequal. When I sit on the green benches on Friday, there will be an even split of young men and women. Let's hope that the House of Commons catches up within my lifetime.
12/11/2015 12:00 GMT
There is no contradiction in wearing both a red and a white poppy. This Remembrance Day we should remember those who have given their lives for our freedom, and also take a moment to question the causes and consequences of war.
08/11/2015 19:48 GMT
AV is not PR and MPs know it. Don't let them weasel their way out of this debate.
06/10/2015 11:00 BST
Who is the real threat to national security? Is it the democratically elected Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn? Or is it the general who has threatened democracy and the freedom of the British people to elect their leaders? At least Jeremy Corbyn has the guts to speak for himself, rather than hiding behind the 'unnamed general' mask.
22/09/2015 09:36 BST
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.
11/09/2015 17:13 BST
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.
25/08/2015 10:33 BST
Now that the general election is behind us, politicians and pundits are setting their sights on the upcoming referendum on the EU. Referenda are not a common occurrence in Britain, since 1973 there have only been two national referenda. This time, there has been a collective cry from 16 and 17 year olds who want the chance to vote on Britain's EU membership... It is no surprise that young people feel disaffected when they have no say in who represents them.
23/08/2015 18:30 BST
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