#GE2017 from a Green perspective: guest blog by Reece Stafferton

The results of the 2015 General Election were appalling – the most unbalanced in history – out of 650 winning candidates, 322 received fewer than 50% which amassed over many constituencies. Such an imbalance can be seen in UKIP’s vote share. They received fewer than 4 million votes but gained one MP. In Northern Ireland, the DUP got 8 seats at over 184,000 votes. Together the key minor parties - Greens, Lib Dems, and UKIP - got just 10 seats.

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#GE2017 dissected

#GE2017 dissected

A week on from our third General Election in seven years, we've taken a detailed look at the results, and their implications for our creaking voting system. What emerges is a picture of a broken system that distorts votes, distorts seats and distorts our politics.

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First Past the Post is finished

First Past the Post is finished

The General Election results are in and - inevitably - they are a democratic outrage. While the vast majority of democracies are governed by parliaments that reflect their voters, the UK will continue to be run by politicians who do not represent the people... for now.

We'll be providing detailed analysis over the next couple of days. In the meantime, see below for some of the headlines - and sign up to attend our demonstration and action summit to plan and bring about the end of First Past the Post on Saturday 24th June - #SaveOurDemocracy.

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Do your candidates want fair votes? See our final #GE2017 map for their views on PR

Do your candidates want fair votes? See our final #GE2017 map for their views on PR

It's almost over - and together, in very little time, we've built a good overview of where the General Election candidates stand on Proportional Representation.

Huge thanks to Democracy Club, the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform, the Electoral Reform Society and thousands upon thousands of you who have emailed, tweeted at and spoken to your Parliamentary candidates to get this data together.

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Fighting for fair votes in the marginals: alliances, spoiler effects and tactical voting

Fighting for fair votes in the marginals: alliances, spoiler effects and tactical voting

One of the worst effects of Proportional Representation is the way it divides the country up into places where votes matter, and places where they do not.

On the one hand, there are safe seats. There are so many of them that vast electoral deserts now extend across much of the UK - where little campaigning takes place and the outcome is a foregone conclusion. 

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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 almost three million more votes than Donald Trump.

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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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