Make Votes Matter in the media

Proportional voting is fairer - letter from MVM supporter in Totnes Times, 18 October 2019

Campaign group beautifully takes the Tories down, with the words of a Conservative icon - the Canary, 2 October 2019

The value in voting, time to change the system? The Real Agenda podcast with Tom Burgess, featuring Klina Jordan from Make Votes Matter

What’s on today at Labour conference - MVM’s fringe event listed in The Spectator, 22 September 2019

Proportional Representation is a must - Totnes Times, 16 August 2019

UK voting system driving inequality, warns report backed by leading academics - London Loves Business, 16 August 2019

200 years since the Peterloo Massacre, Labour must fight for democratic equality - Left Foot Forward, 16 August 2019

Push for ‘real reform’ honours pro-democracy protesters massacred in Manchester 200 years ago - The Canary, 16 August 2019

Peterloo led eventually to electoral democracy – but there’s one big bit of unfinished business - openDemocracy, 16 August 2019

Letter about the Peterloo Massacre - Warrington Guardian, 15 August 2019

Changing voting to vote for change - The Overtake, 5 August 2019

Salford prepares for two Peterloo anniversary marches - Salford Star, 5 August 2019

TV should focus on the grass roots - Western Morning News, 31 July 2019

Is our current voting system fair? 50 Exmouth reisdents say no - Exmouth Journal, 21 July 2019

Gazette letters: End first past the post, social housing needed and new prime minister - Hackney Gazette, 20 July 2019

U.K. Voters’ Frustration High as 99% Are Sidelined in Prime Minister Election - New York Times, 20 July 2019

COMMENT: Is the mood growing for a reboot of politics? - The News, Portsmouth, 19 July 2019

Here's how Portsmouth, Havant, Gosport and Fareham's politics would look under proportional representation - The News, Portsmouth, 17 July 2019

Campaign on voting system - Cornish Times, 12 July 2019

Bridport joins national Demand Democracy Day - Bridport & Lyme Regis News, 11 July 2019

Greens to ask members about whether to join new Remain alliance campaign Left Foot Forward, 10 July, 2019

Residents demand democracy in West Sussex Mid Sussex Times, 9 July 2019

Is First-Past-The-Post reform a conversation worth having? The Telegraph, 6 July 2019

A fresh start for British Democracy Liberal Democrats, 5 July 2019

LETTER: Time for Rory Stewart's constituents to demand vote that counts West Morland Gazette, 5 July 2019

The next big shift in British politics has started Green World, 5 July 2019

Sir Vince Cable MP: Elections must be about everyone, not just a few swing-voters in a handful of marginal seats Politics Home, 3 July 2019

Collaboration to change current UK voting system Government Business, 3 July 2019

Resentment of the system is building – we need urgent electoral change by Tommy Sheppard, The National, 3 July 2019

Alliance calls for voting reforms to fix 'failing' system Local Gov, 3July 2019

Find out how to make your vote matter Cornish Times, 3 July 2019

Tommy Sheppard MP on the launch of Make Votes Matter's cross-party agreement on voting reform All Out Politics with Adam Boulton on Sky News, 2 July 2019

SNP sign cross-party Make Votes Matter pact to change voting system The National, 2 July 2019

As a Tory MP, I know we'll never restore trust in politics until we ditch First Past the Post Derek Thomas comment piece, The Telegraph, 2 July 2019

The voting system is so broken that the Brexit Party, Lib Dems and Plaid Cymru are joining forces to replace it Liz Saville-Roberts comment piece, The Independent, 2 July 2019

Greens back Good Systems Agreement on constitutional reform Green Party, 2 July 2019

Brexit Party joins cross-party alliance for voting reform BBC online, 2 July 2019

For fairness vote against first past the post elections Stephen Kinnock comment piece, The Times, 2 July 2019

Brexit Party teams up with Lib Dems to call for major shake-up of UK voting system Politics Home, 2 July 2019

Brexit Party and Lib Dems team up to support electoral reform Mark Pack, 2 July 2019

Residents join campaign for reforms to 'undemocratic' electoral system Sutton & Croydon Guardian, 2 July 2019

The cross-party launch of the Good Systems Agreement hopes to revolutionise UK politics The Alternative UK, 1 July 2019

Finchley residents will take part in day of action for Proportional Representation vote Hendon & Finchley Times, 1 July 2019

Islanders invited to take part in ‘Demand Democracy Day’ News for the Isle of Wight, 1 July 2019

Demand Democracy Day: Why I’m demanding radical change to our crude voting system by Daniel Johnson at Make Votes Matter for Shout Out UK, 30 June 2019

Harringay residents join call to Make Votes Matter Harringay online, 30 June 2019

Thanet Community news: Seaside shuffling, ping pong fun and plenty to celebrate The Isle of Thanet news, 30 June 2019

Gazette letters: Elections, You Are Not Alone project and Old Street junctions Islington Gazette, 29 June 2019

First Past the Post just not working letter, Bath Chronicle, 27 June 2019

Debate: will a PR model provide the desired political system? - Owen Winter gives his views on this issue in the ICAEW’s Economia, 3 June 2019

Why British politics is so messed up and in need of a radical overhaul - Klina Jordan talks to the Canary, 22 May 2019

How England’s electoral system is silencing green voices - Left Foot Forward, 10 May 2019

The Week in Westminster - BBC Radio 4, 27 April 2019 features a discussion about the PR, First Past the Post and the Constitution Society Report, 7 mins in.

MVM’s Klina Jordan on activism and creating a fairer political system for all - the Do Good Podcast, April 2019

Should first-past-the-post be scrapped? - The Week, 24 April 2019

New report says Britain’s voting system is boosting ‘extreme voices’ - The Canary, 23 April 2019

First past the post abets extreme politics, says thinktank - The Guardian, 23 April 2019 linked to MVM media release

How the Tories have been handed hundreds of council seats… long before polling day - Labour MP Stephen Kinnock mentions the need for parties to work with Make Votes Matter to champion Proportional Representation. Labour List, 19 April 2019

Faiza Shaheen and Klina Jordan talk Proportional Representation - FUBAR Radio, 12 April 2019

Should Labour back electoral reform? Yes – consider “the spoiler effect” - Labour List, 8 April 2019

Extinction Rebellion protesters are getting arrested because our political system has left them no choice - MVM’s Klina Jordan tells The Independent, 17 April 2019

It’s no wonder people feel voiceless - Comment piece by MVM ambassador David Wheeler, Left Foot Forward, 5 April 2019

Voting system must change to aid democracy - Gloucestershire Echo, 28 March 2019

The problem isn’t how MPs vote, it’s how we vote for them - Left Foot Forward, 27 March 2019

Letter: Chaos at play - Warrington Guardian, 27 March 2019

Letter: People’s disillusionment with politics and politicians is reflected in voter turnout - Craven Herald, 14 March 2019

Natalie Bennett: Why Independents and their rebel alliance will only succeed if there’s electoral reform - Yorkshire Post, 22 February 2019

The Independent Group won’t succeed unless it supports electoral reform – here’s why - The Independent, 21 February 2019

Why does Labour like First-Past-the-Post? - Labour List, 16 February 2019

Democratic reform and climate change - Ecologist, 1 February 2019

The revolution now possble - Alternative Editorial, 20 January 2019

How electoral systems can transform climate policy - Anthroposphere, The Oxford Climate Review, 30 December 2018

John Cleese stars in animation about the state of British democracy - openDemocracy, 21 December 2018

Why our media is wrong to say Proportional Representation helps the extreme right - openDemocracy, 12 October 2018

Electoral reform is politics for the many - Morning Star, 22 September 2018

Why is the Labour Party machine ignoring members on voting reform? - LabourList, 20 September 2018

Westminster’s democracy is crumbling. Trade unionists must lead the charge to fix it - Red Pepper, 17 September 2018

Make Votes Matter in the Probation & Family Courts, NAPO Magazine, 11 September 2018

SDP joins the Make Votes Matter Alliance - The Social Democratic Party (broken link)

Campaigners petition for voting overhaul - Totnes Times (broken link)

Democracy on the streets - Dawlish Gazette & Teignmouth News, 16 July 2018

Tommy Sheppard MP: The UK is not a democratic country - The Scotsman, 10 July 2018

How the Tories 'rigged' the political system to their advantage, just in time for National Democracy Week: 'National Democracy Week? They must be joking', says Green co-leader Caroline Lucas - The Mirror, 6 July 2018

Group aims to persuade local MP - This Is Wiltshire, 6 July 2019

Less Than a Third of Adults Believe Britain’s Democracy is Worth Celebrating - Huffington Post, 5 July 2018

To honour campaigners of old, challenge injustices of today - Open Democracy UK, 4 July 2018

Wales is updating its democracy: Why does Westminster refuse to? - Western Mail

MPs unite to demand Britain's 'unjust' first past the post voting system is scrapped - The Mirror, 3 July 2018

Public want electoral reform to make their votes count, poll finds - Sunderland Echo, 1 July 2018

See our blog for coverage of #DemandDemocracyDay, 1 July 2018

OPINION: the voting system is broken, it’s time for change - The Bristol Cable, 30 June 2018

Petition Calls for Proportional Representation - News From Crystal Palace, 29 June 2018

Meet the movement: Make Votes Matter and the fight for proportional representation - Palatinate, 16 June 2018

Proportional Representation, Freedom of Speech and an English Parliament - Economic Voice, 9 June 2018

What of democracy for England post-Brexit - Economic Voice, 15 May 2018

MPs urged to support calls for vote reform - Worcester Observer, 8 May 2018

Make your vote really matter - South Hams Gazette, 3 May 2018

Ahead of the local elections, Yanis Varoufakis points out a major flaw in Britain’s system - The Canary, 1 May 2018

Letter: Time for a cleaner more democratic form of local politics in Rochdale - Rochdale Online, 27 April 2018 (archive)

Campaigners aim to alter voting system - Totnes Times

Residents call on Chingford MP to reform UK voting - East London and West Essex Guardian Series, 10 April 2018

First past the post leaves UK elections uniquely vulnerable to data hijack - The Guardian, 6 April 2018

Britain warned it could face another Cambridge Analytica scandal come general election time - The Canary, 23 March 2018

First Past The Post Is An Open Invitation To Malicious Online Interference - Huffington Post, 22 March 2018

The time has come for voting reform - Waltham Forest Echo, 19 March 2018

Call for voting reform to wipe out Town Hall ‘super-majority’ - Islington Tribune, 16 March 2018

Six incredible women changing Britain as International Women's Day is celebrated around the world - The Mirror, 8 March 2018

Proportional Representation Is Doing Its Job In Germany - Huffington Post, 5 March 2018

The Case for Proportional Representation - Oxford University Labour Club, 22 February 2018

See our blog for more coverage of #Hungry4Democracy, 12 February 2018

Hungry 4 Democracy: the case for PR - Molly Scott Cato MEP - BBC Spotlight South West, 7 February 2018

Stephen Kinnock speaks up for electoral reform #Hungry4Democracy - BBC Daily Politics, 6 February 2018

Mary Honeyball and I are fasting today in the European Parliament for proportional representation to #makevotesmatter - Molly Scott Cato

7 reasons why proportional representation is a feminist issue - New Statesman, 6 February 2018

Why I’m Going #Hungry4Democracy - Huffington Post, 6 February 2018

British democracy is failing. Let's finish the suffragettes' job - The Guardian, 6 February 2018

Natalie Bennett: Equal rights for women should also mean equal votes - Yorkshire Post, 6 February 2018

UK group leads hunger strike to demand proportional representation - FairVote, 5 February

Stephen Kinnock: Why I’m fasting today to help end first-past-the-post - LabourList, 5 February 2018

All Major Parties - Labour Included - Have Been Tiptoeing Around Electoral Reform For Too Long - Huffington Post, 5 February

Two Welsh MPs will not eat for a day to commemorate the women who won the vote - Wales Online, 2 February

Letter: for Proportional Representation for elections - Rochdale Online, 2 February 2018

Proportional representation campaigners to hold Penarth meeting - Glamorgan Gem, 1 February 2018

Hungry for democracy? These pro-PR campaigners certainly are - HITC, 31 January

Sal Brinton writes: Hungry for Democracy? - Liberal Democrat Voice, 31 January 2018

Campaigners promise 'this is just the start' of fight to change voting system - East London and West Essex Guardian Series, 30 January 2018

Make Votes Matter establishes a local presence - Hastings Online Times, 29 November 2017

MP pulled out of political voting debate - Wiltshire Gazette and Herald, 1 November 2017

Group lobbies Chichester MP over electoral reform - Chichester Observer, 1 November 2017

Opposing voting reform 'selfish' and 'immoral' - BBC, 31 October 2017

Caroline Lucas Schools Tory On What Churchill Thought Of Voting Reform - Huffington Post, 30 October 2017

Brighton MP calls for Labour support ahead of Commons debate on proportional representation - Brighton and Hove News, 30 October 2017

UK parliament to debate replacing first-past-the-post with proportional representation - International Business Times UK, 27 October 2017

Debate on electoral reform to be held tonight - Gazette & Herald, 26 October 2017

Electoral reform campaigners to hold public meeting in Stroud - Stroud News and Journal, 11 October 2017

Electoral plea - Warrington Guardian, 5 October 2017

A plan is about to be unveiled at the Labour conference which could catapult Corbyn into Number 10 - The Canary, 24 September 2017

Scottish may be the key to UK electoral reform - On Elections, 30 August 2017

The left stands for the many – so we must embrace proportional representation - LabourList, 15 August 2017

Big names heading to pro-proportional representation Manchester rally - HITC, 11 August 2017

Interview with Owen Winter - co-founder and Spokesperson of Make Votes Matter - Ryan Hillback, 2 August 2017

Ditching first-past-the-post really would be ‘taking back control’ - Guardian, 1 August 2017

The Next General Election Must Be About Voting Reform - Huffington Post (broken link)

7 important legacies of the coalition government - HITC

Make Votes Matter campaign for voting reform gathers pace after election - Independent, 19 June 2017

Most voters backed parties to the left of the Tories - so why are the losers in power? - New Statesman, 14 June 2017

Election Notebook - Open Democracy UK, 7 June 2017

Electoral Reform is a feminist issue - Open Democracy 50.50, 7 June 2017

Heated hustings gives Bradford on Avon residents an insight into plans of prospective MPs - Wiltshire Times, 31 May 2017

Labour eyes proportional representation as party's elections minister backs voting shake-up - Independent, 4 May 2017

Let's talk about the UK's broken voting system - BuzzFeed (broken link)

Teen behind electoral reform petition says votes are 'wasted' - RT UK (youtube), 27 April 2017

Head to Head: First Past The Post - Talk Politics, 26 April 2017

General election 2017: ‘This is the first time I can vote – and it will be wasted’ - iNews, 25 April 2017

Democratic Rumbles in Richmond - Richmond and Twickenham Times, 16 March 2017

What the UK Greens can learn from the Dutch elections - New Statesman, 16 March 2017

1,500 Cornish People Demand Proportional Voting System as Petition Hits 100,000 Nationwide - CornishStuff, 16 March 2017

The government may now be forced to debate one of the UK’s hottest topics - The Canary, 15 March 2017 (archive)

MPs set to debate changing Britain’s voting system to proportional representation - Independent, 15 March 2017

MPs Will Now Debate Proportional Representation In Parliament - Here’s A Handy Set Of Prompts To Help Them Out - Huffington Post, 15 March 2017

Proportional representation must not be replaced - London Assembly, 8 March 2017

Demand For Electoral Reform Going Strong As Petition Surges Towards 100,000 - Huffington Post, 6 March 2017

Chippenham campaigners look for political change - Gazette & Herald, 14 February 2017

Tory and Labour MPs gang up in bid to strip London Assembly of PR voting system - Independent, 23 December 2016

We Asked Young UKIP Members How to Keep Their Party Relevant - Vice, 5 December 2016

MPs launch new push to change Britain's voting system to proportional representation - Independent, 26 October 2016

UKIP Backs Renewed Push for Proportional Representation Voting After Brexit Vote - Breitbart, 26 October 2016

Tory MP says boundary review will not fix Britain's broken voting system – and only PR will - Independent, 3 October 2016

Labour supporters queue around the block to hear about proportional representation - Independent, 28 September 2016

MPs reject bill to change Britain's voting system to proportional representation - Independent, 20 July 2016

MPs reject Caroline Lucas' proportional representation bill - Politics Home, 20 July 2016

The Current Meltdown in Our Political System Is a Symptom of Our Broken Voting System - Huffington Post, 19 July 2016

Nigel Farage calls for snap general election to be held under proportional representation - Independent, 1 July 2016

Cornwall's Owen is named as one to watch in national list of the "New Radicals" - West Briton (broken link)

A Brexit Vote Would Put This Government on Thin Ice; Calling a Proportional General Election Would be Cameron’s Only Option - Huffington Post, 20 June 2016

Why won’t this minister reply to half a million people demanding electoral reform? - Left Foot Forward, 13 June 2016

Sal Brinton writes… My speech to the Demo for Democracy - Liberal Democrat Voice, 8 May 2016

Zeichner backs electoral reform - Varsity, 7 May 2016

John McDonnell calls on Labour to back proportional representation - Independent, 7 May 2016

There is an anti-Tory majority in Britain but we're struggling to hear it – is it time for electoral reform? - Independent, 6 May 2016

Labour MPs call on Jeremy Corbyn to back proportional representation in UK - Independent, 5 May 2016

Corbyn urged to get behind Westminster voting change - The National, 16 April 2016

Our Voting System Isn’t Just Unfair - it’s Tearing Our Country Apart - Huffington Post, 6 April 2016

We (Still) Want Proportional Representation! An Open Letter to John Penrose MP - Huffington Post, 5 April 2016

Golden opportunity to change - Dorset Echo, 29 February 2016

Social media and activism essential to reform outdated electoral system at national, local levels - Diane James website (broken link)

SNP, Green Party and Plaid Cymru discuss voting alliance to defeat Tories - Independent, 28 February 2016

Electoral reform conference kicks off cross-party push for PR - Electoral Reform Society, 20 February 2016 (broken link)

Cross-party support for PR - Tribune Magazine, 22 February 2016

Voting reform first stop Cambridge - Unlock Democracy, 15 February 2016

Russia Today 7pm News - Russia Today (Youtube), 15 February 2016

We need change, and this landmark event brings electoral reform a step closer - The Canary, 13 February 2016

Voting reform - all in it together - Unlock Democracy, 11 February 2016

Interview with Owen and Katie Ghose - BBC Radio Cornwall, 10 February 2016 (broken link)

Voting System Deemed Unfair - The Wave, 9 February 2016

Diane James calls for Electoral Reform - UKIP website, 9 February 20

MPs from seven parties unite to begin electoral reform campaign - Guardian, 8 February 2016

Labour MPs set to lead All-Party Parliamentary Group on Proportional Representation - Labour List, 8 February 2016

MPs join multi-party drive to promote PR - Guardian (print), 8 February 2016

MPs and activists will seek to jump-start the campaign for proportional representation with a conference in London on Monday intended to mobilise support for electoral reform - HITC Politics, 8 February 2016

MPs from different parties have been making the case for electoral reform - Guardian Politics Live, 8 February 2016

Proportional Representation - Chuka Umunna website (archive)

We Need to Get Together to Deliver Electoral Reform - Huffington Post, February 2016

Britain's political system will stay broken without proportional representation, Chuka Umunna warns - Independent, 8 February 2016

Electoral reform: Labour, SNP, Ukip and Lib Dems to campaign for proportional representation - Independent, 7 February 2016

Leading figures from major parties unite to secure electoral reform by 2021 - Electoral Reform Society broken

Leading Figures from Major Parties Unite to Secure Electoral Reform by 2021 - Blue&Green Tomorrow, 5 February 2016

Cross-party alliance draws up plan to secure proportional representation 'by 2021' - Independent, 4 February 2016

A fair voting system is a human right - London rally - Peter Tatchell Foundation, 27 July 2015

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