Don't take away Proportional Voting!

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Don't take away Proportional Voting!
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In its Elections Bill the government is attempting to reverse course on the few elections in which a fair, proportional voting system is used, and replace it with the outdated first past the post. 

We call on the government to retain proportional representation for Mayoral and PCC elections. We note the fact that fairer voting systems are across plenty of other elections in the UK, including those of party leaders, and that attempts to harmonise our various electoral systems should be done using a fairer, more proportional voting system. 

A fair voting system for them, a broken system for the rest of us...

This is despite the fact that the Conservative party itself does not trust FPTP for its own leadership elections. In fact, pretty much every political appointment, from the Speaker of the House to the Conservative Party leader uses a voting system that ensures that the final winner has the backing of the majority of voters. 

Their reason for doing so is patronising at best, and downright dishonest at worst. The Local Governments minister has claimed that the supplementary vote system ‘confuses the public’, but the only thing that is confusing is why his party chooses to impose a voting system on the public that they would not dare risk using themselves to select their own leader. 

"If you can’t win a game you move the goalposts, and that’s what the Government has done"

Either this government does not think the voting public is as smart as its own members, or they don't trust us to vote in a way that suits them.

We demand that the Government remove the attempts to sneak the outdated FPTP system in their Elections Bill, and instead explore the best way of ensuring that every election in the UK delivers a fair and proportional outcome.

 

 

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“There are only 2 countries that use FPTP system instead of PR, UK and Belarus. London Mayoral elections use PR. I feel PR would give a fairer representation in parliament.”
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“may not be perfect, but way better than the antiquated non representative system that leads to being governed by the out of touch, and the criminal profiteering of our tax contributions”
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“FPTP is anti democratic. Millions are unrepresented in FPTP. It's time for Proportional Representation.”
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“This is totally unfair. We must stop it from happening. Every vote should count in every election.”
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