Sign our second letter to David Cameron and John Penrose

David Cameron with John Penrose, Parliamentary Secretary and Minister for Constitutional Reform

David Cameron with John Penrose, Parliamentary Secretary and Minister for Constitutional Reform

Make Votes Matter invites you to sign our second open letter (below) to David Cameron and John Penrose - the Minister responsible for electoral policy. Over a year after receiving a petition for Proportional Representation signed by 477,000 people, Mr Penrose has still failed to respond coherently to the issue being put before him.

We have raised the undemocratic effects of First Past the Post with Mr Penrose - effects that are pushing our democracy into a crisis: the suppression of the right to representation of one quarter of UK voters, the unequal value of different people's votes under this broken system, and the scandal of a party that received less than 37% of the vote governing our country without democratic legitimacy. 

And he has responded, not by disputing these claims, but by ignoring them. In his latest letter he again dismissed the possibility of working to fix electoral system, ignored our request that he meet with our movement, and invited us instead to focus on the government's "English Votes for English Laws" policy, Devolution to Scotland or Wales, and the EU Referendum. 

We're not going to allow him to ignore us. First Past the Post is suppressing democracy in the UK. When government fails to take action to remove suppression, it becomes a participant in that suppression - just as governments of the last two centuries participated in suppression when they failed to bring in votes for women. 

We invite you to join us in demanding David Cameron and John Penrose answer for the effects of the undemocratic system they are determined to maintain by signing this open letter.

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