Parliaments have on average been well to the right of the voters in every developed country with a similar voting system since World War II, according to research cited in the report. In the UK, most people have voted for parties to the left of the Conservatives in 18 of the 19 general elections since 1950, yet the Conservatives have been in power for 63% of this time.
“I’ll tell you what PR is not. It’s not a silver bullet that is an advantage for certain groups. PR is an advantage for all groups. It does not discriminate. It ensures that every vote matters and every vote is equal.”
That was the message from Justina Cruickshank, Vice-Chair of the Electoral Reform Society, guest speaker at Black Votes Matter, an event organised by the campaign group Make Votes Matter to explore how the current voting system disadvantages minorities, and what can be done to improve the situation.
Activists will turn litter bins into “First Past the Post ballot boxes” across the UK this Saturday in protest of the UK’s voting system.
“Demand Democracy Day”, organised by campaign group Make Votes Matter, will take place in around a hundred locations from Ramsgate to Belfast. Campaigners will also run street stalls and invite the public to sign a petition to their local MP.
Political parties and MPs have forged a new cross-party consensus on replacing the UK’s First Past the Post voting system with a form of Proportional Representation.
First of its kind in British politics and brokered by campaign group Make Votes Matter, the "Good Systems Agreement" sets out the principles that a new voting system should deliver and calls for a citizens’ assembly to recommend one for the UK.
The First Past the Post voting system is increasing polarization, weakening accountability, and perpetuating an increasingly dysfunctional two-party system, a report by the Constitution Society has warned.
Published on the day MPs are set to debate electoral reform, the report rubbishes claims that the UK’s voting system ensures stable government, offers voters a clear choice at general elections, or is a defence against extreme politics.
Make Votes Matter responded to the announcement that MPs have left the Labour Party and the Conservative Party, forming the Independent Group.
Klina Jordan, Co-Chief Executive of Make Votes Matter, said: “Historically, First Past The Post has wiped the floor with new political parties, so it is in the interests of The Independent Group - not to mention that of the voters they hope to attract - to push for Proportional Representation.
Comedy legend John Cleese has starred in a newly released animation, features blabbering heads of political party leaders, in which he calls the UK’s democratic system “minority rule”.
Electoral reform activists will descend on Westminster on Tuesday 11th December to lobby Parliamentarians for a change in the way MPs are elected to the House of Commons.
The Labour Party bureaucracy has been accused of trying to kick electoral reform into the long-grass, despite mounting demands from the party membership for an overhaul of Britain’s voting system.
Campaigners have slammed Britain’s First Past the Post voting system after analysis revealed that proposed changes to constituency boundaries will hand the Conservative Party a crushing advantage in general elections.