The movement for Proportional Representation is on the move!

The movement for Proportional Representation is on the move!

Just one in three people believe British democracy is worth celebrating, so when the government announced a “week-long celebration of democracy” the movement to make votes matter organised the the biggest mobilisation for Proportional Representation in living memory!

Find out what happened on the day, read media coverage of the campaign during “National Democracy Week” , and get involved in the next stage of the campaign for real democracy in the UK.

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Democracy for the many, not just the few: guest blog by René Bach and Stephen Clark

Democracy for the many, not just the few: guest blog by René Bach and Stephen Clark

This is a guest blog by René Bach and Stephen Clark. René is a Make Votes Matter local group leader from MVM South West London. Stephen is a Compass local group leader from West London Compass. Democracy For The Many, Not Just The Few was a Labour-focused event they jointly organised. It took place in Richmond on Monday 26th February 2018.

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The Conservative Case for Proportional Representation

The Conservative Case for Proportional Representation

Typically, electoral reform is not the prerogative of Conservatives. The mere threat of it was nearly a deal breaker during the 2010 coalition talks with the Liberal Democrats, and Cameron’s crack negotiating team were only leveraged into accepting a referendum on the Alternative Vote by the threat of letting Gordon Brown slink back into Downing Street...

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The affront to democracy that can no longer be ignored

The affront to democracy that can no longer be ignored

Last week’s reshuffle saw a notable departure. Chris Skidmore MP, Minister for the Constitution since Theresa May became Prime Minister in July 2016, was elevated to Vice-Chair of the Conservative Party and therefore left the role he had been in a year and a half.

His successor, Chloe Smith MP, takes up the role in a year that marks arguably the most momentous centenary in British democratic history: the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which granted some women the right to vote for the first time.

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Alliance Building Conference 2017

Alliance Building Conference 2017

Back in October we held our second Alliance Building Conference (ABC), where activists and allies made plans in the wake of this year’s general election. Fifty attendees gathered in the Jubilee room in Parliament - including MPs, peers, local and national group leaders, and allied organisations.

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Make Votes Matter has its day in Parliament

Make Votes Matter has its day in Parliament

On Monday, Proportional Representation was finally back in Parliament, for the first full discussion of the issue in seven years.

The Westminster Hall debate was triggered by a government petition started over a year ago by Make Votes Matter co-founder Tim Ivorson, which gained over 103,495 signatures thanks to the work of diverse parties, organisations, activists and supporters.

Read on to find out what happened on the day, watch and share key moments of the debate and find out what happens next...

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Party conferences, popular events in City Halls and more support for PR

Party conferences, popular events in City Halls and more support for PR

On Tuesday we held our second Alliance Building Conference (ABC) to plan the next phase of the cross-party campaign for Proportional Representation. The ABC was the culmination of an unbelievably busy month and a half in which we visited six different party conferences. Keep reading to find out what we got up to, and if you haven’t already, please consider donating to our Crowdfunder to support this vital work.

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MPs will debate whether to Make Votes Matter!

MPs will debate whether to Make Votes Matter!

The petition for Proportional Representation has finally been scheduled for debate in Parliament, thanks to the work of organisations, parties and 103,495 individuals. Keep reading to find out how we all made it happen.

Tweet or email your MP to ask them to attend the debate on 30th October, listen to the arguments and back Proportional Representation for the UK!

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Here's how we'll win Proportional Representation

Here's how we'll win Proportional Representation

We have a rare opportunity - the kind that might only come once in a generation.

In 2022 - or whenever the next general election takes place - we can wake up to a government set on replacing First Past the Post with a system of Proportional Representation fit for a real democracy.

Or we can wake up to what we’re used to: a government determined to keep Parliament, representation and government out of the hands of the voters.

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Proportional Representation and outcomes

Proportional Representation and outcomes

The voting system has an impact on political and economic equality in society, with Proportional Representation meaning more women in politics and lower income inequality - as well as higher voter turnout and satisfaction.

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