Our General Election Campaign

Our General Election Campaign

With under three weeks to go until polling day, we want to update you about our work in the month since Theresa May called a General Election, and invite you to take part in our plans for the coming weeks...

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New poll finds overwhelming support for Proportional Representation

New poll finds overwhelming support for Proportional Representation

A large majority of voters agree that seats should match votes, including 73% of Labour voters and 68% of Conservative voters.

Polling conducted by ICM on behalf of Make Votes Matter has identified widespread support for the use of Proportional Representation for UK General Elections across the political spectrum. Here's what it found...

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Last Saturday: a brilliant, sunny Action Day ahead of the General Election

Last Saturday: a brilliant, sunny Action Day ahead of the General Election

So, the General Election will take place on 8th June. The results will be a democratic outrage. The only question is, what kind of outrage? How many millions will be shut out of Parliament? Who will be handed disproportionate power? How many of us will have had to vote for someone we didn't really want?

We will be campaigning before, during and after the General Election to make sure Proportional Representation is right at the centre of the political debate and we'll do whatever we can to make this the last election held under our broken voting system. And we've already started...

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Success! With 103,493 signatures, we’re taking your demand for PR to Parliament!

Success! With 103,493 signatures, we’re taking your demand for PR to Parliament!

Six months ago, MVM team member Tim Ivorson started a petition to make votes matter on the Parliament website - calling for the introduction of PR for the House of Commons...

Read on to hear how we qualified for a full debate on PR, find out about our upcoming demonstration in support of the petition, and donate to make the demo and ongoing campaign possible!

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No, London does not want First Past the Post

No, London does not want First Past the Post

As the Parliamentary petition for PR passes 90,000 signatures, the London Assembly passed a motion today rejecting an attempt by backbench MPs to dismantle the system of Proportional Representation used to elect its members. The motion, proposed by Sian Berry AM, calls on the Mayor to make representations to the Minister for the Constitution, highlighting the success of Proportional Representation in London.

The Electoral Reform Bill, which passed its First Reading last December, would mean abolishing the currently used Additional Member System and replacing it with First Past the Post - and was widely lambasted by cross-party politicians and campaigners as a "cynical attempt to turn back the clock for party-political gain".

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Parliamentary Petition for PR: Tim Ivorson responds to the Government's Response

Parliamentary Petition for PR: Tim Ivorson responds to the Government's Response

Dear Cabinet Office.

I note your response to petition 168657 (“To make votes matter, adopt Proportional Representation for UK General Elections”), my petition for Proportional Representation (PR).

I am aware from Freedom of Information responses that the Government has neither made nor received any assessment of the continuing suitability of the UK’s electoral system since the 2010 election – meaning that you have not considered the issue since the most disproportionate election in British history, in May 2015.

It is therefore unsurprising that your response is inaccurate on a number of points...

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Review of 2016

Review of 2016

What gives us hope is that we've seen such positive progress in the UK campaign to Make Votes Matter this year - and in the parallel campaigns for PR around the world. We've had a very busy and impactful year and expect next year to be even better. To get a glimpse of why we're so hopeful, take a look at our short 2016 highlights video - and remember these featured items are just a selection of all the great things we've achieved together as a community. 

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Democracy Awards 2016: The Winners

Democracy Awards 2016: The Winners

Thank you to everyone who voted in the Democracy Awards 2016. We were delighted to be able to present many of them to the winners in person at our Christmas Party last week.

The awards are, of course, really just a fun way of recognising the work, inspiration and commitment of everyone who has taken action to help get real democracy over the last year. Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all our nominees, voters, activists & supporters!

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US Election 2016: The votes have been counted - and they don’t matter

US Election 2016: The votes have been counted - and they don’t matter

The world’s greatest democracy has chosen a new president. After many months and billions of dollars worth of campaigning, the American people participated in one of the biggest democratic processes in history. Over 100 million American voters made up their minds and decisively elected Donald Trump as their leader.

Except this didn’t happen. To watch the rolling new coverage you wouldn’t know it, but the candidate who received the most votes was Hillary Clinton - who ended up with over 160,000 more votes than Donald Trump.

- See more at: http://www.makevotesmatter.org.uk/news/#sthash.a2pYSQYv.dpuf

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May’s Brexit is demonstrating the contradictions of a representative democracy that is fundamentally unrepresentative

May’s Brexit is demonstrating the contradictions of a representative democracy that is fundamentally unrepresentative

The EU referendum has compounded the already urgent need for Proportional Representation in the UK. It isn't just that people felt their votes counted in a referendum that was free of the irrationalities of our normal, arbitrary voting system. It's that the outcome has shone light on the internal contradictions of a ‘representative democracy’ that is fundamentally unrepresentative.

 

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Whirlwind month at the Party Conferences

Whirlwind month at the Party Conferences

Make Votes Matter had an incredibly busy month for our team as we visited many of the political party conferences, making sure PR was high up on the agenda across the political spectrum. Read the blog to find out what happened...

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Tweaking constituency boundaries cannot make our elections fair; we need Proportional Representation

Tweaking constituency boundaries cannot make our elections fair; we need Proportional Representation

Sign our open letter to the Theresa May & Chris Skidmore!

The boundaries of the constituencies are not the problem: The problem is our First Past the Post voting system. 

In a multiparty democracy, it is simply not possible to draw the Parliamentary map in a way that makes all votes matter and that ensures that the House of Commons resembles the voters - as long as we have this primitive and perverse voting system.

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Montreal travel blog: building the Global Alliance for Real Democracy

Montreal travel blog: building the Global Alliance for Real Democracy

A personal blog from Make Votes Matter Co-Director and Facilitator Klina Jordan - all opinions expressed are personal and not necessarily the organisational positions of Make Votes Matter.

At Make Votes Matter we’re so focussed on the UK campaign for Proportional Representation that we don’t normally have the time (or money!) to travel. So I was delighted to be invited to Canada this summer to speak at an electoral reform event at the World Social Forum in Montréal. It seemed like a great opportunity to hear from leaders of other national campaigns for PR around the world, share information about Make Votes Matter and further build the Global Alliance for Real Democracy (GARD), which I started earlier this year.

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The Labour Leadership candidates on the voting system

The Labour Leadership candidates on the voting system

The Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform (LCER) asked the Labour Leadership candidates about their views on the electoral system. See how they replied.

LCER is the Labour-based organisation making the Labour Party case for a more democratic and proportional electoral system. On 27 September, LCER and MVM are co-hosting a rally at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool: Time for Labour to embrace PR.

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

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

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. The only way to ensure that government is in the interests of the whole country is a voting system in which every vote counts equally, rather than elections being decided in a few marginal constituencies. The only way to bridge the deep divides in our society is a system where all people have a say in how the country is run. We need proportional representation.

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Caroline Lucas’ PR Bill: How did your MP vote?

Caroline Lucas’ PR Bill: How did your MP vote?

MPs rejected Caroline’s bill 81-74, that means just 7 votes would’ve swung it, this is good news! 74 supporters is a massive improvement on last time, when 29 MPs voted for Jonathan Reynolds' PR Bill. This shows how MPs are paying attention to their constituents who feel that this is an important issue. Find out how your MP voted here.

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A great day & big announcement at the Demo for Democracy

A great day & big announcement at the Demo for Democracy

Last Saturday, Make Votes Matter marked the one-year anniversary of the most disproportionate election in British history by holding our second major protest to call for Proportional Representation. It was accompanied by a really big announcement - read about how the day went, and what this means for the movement for real democracy in the UK.

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Owen Jones & George Aylett to speak at Demo for Democracy - 7th May

Owen Jones & George Aylett to speak at Demo for Democracy - 7th May

Columnist, author, commentator and political activist, Owen Jones, will speak at the Demo for Democracy on Saturday, May 7th - joining a cross-party line-up calling for Proportional Representation by 2021.

George Aylett (Labour) - who stood for in the 2015 General Election in South West Wiltshire - will also speak on the one-year anniversary of the most disproportionate election in British history.

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