UK voting system driving inequality, warns report backed by leading academics

UK voting system driving inequality, warns report backed by leading academics

The UK’s electoral system is an underlying cause of rising social inequality, according to a report published by Make Votes Matter and the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.

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.

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‘Black Votes Matter,’ say campaigners fighting for fair voting system

‘Black Votes Matter,’ say campaigners fighting for fair voting system

“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.

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Public bins across the UK to be turned into ballot boxes to protest ‘rubbish’ voting system

Public bins across the UK to be turned into ballot boxes to protest ‘rubbish’ voting system

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.

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Political parties and MPs join historic cross-party pact to change UK voting system

Political parties and MPs join historic cross-party pact to change UK voting system

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.

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Radicals and extremists benefit from UK voting system, think tank report warns

Radicals and extremists benefit from UK voting system, think tank report warns

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.

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Make Votes Matter urges newly formed Independent Group to push for PR

Make Votes Matter urges newly formed Independent Group to push for PR

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.

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