Write to your MP to let them know you want a proportional electoral system - see our example text below for ideas. Even if your MP is unlikely to support Proportional Representation it's invaluable for us to know where they stand on the issue, and it's vital that we all pressure our representatives for change. If their party already supports reform let them know you care and want them to take action to help us get PR by 2021.
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We strongly encourage you to personalise your letter as your MP will pay more attention. The following text could serve as inspiration.
I am writing to ask you to support the growing campaign to change our electoral system to one of Proportional Representation by 2021.
The 2015 general election was the most disproportionate in British history. First Past the Post (FPTP) is an outdated system that is no longer fit for British elections. Democracy in the UK has been around for hundreds of years, but it has never been static. Our democracy is constantly evolving and improving. Will you support reforming our voting system so it is up to scratch in our modern democracy?
Nearly half a million people have signed petitions calling for voting reform. Polls consistently show overwhelming support for the principle of proportionality amongst the electorate. That includes a majority of voters for the Conservative and Labour parties - the only two parties who haven't yet committed to PR.
Our voting system is totally unrepresentative. UKIP and the Greens received five million votes between them, but only one seat each. The SNP have 95% seats in Scotland with just over half of the votes.
We are aware that there are template responses to emails of this nature which include factual errors - for example the electorate did not vote to retain FPTP in 2011. 28.6% decided FPTP was better than AV. 13.5% decided AV was better than FPTP. 57.2% declined to endorse either, even in relative terms. It is also worth pointing out that AV is not a proportional system and can result in even less proportional outcomes than FPTP.
I would very much appreciate the opportunity to talk with you about this matter. May I arrange an appointment at one of your surgeries please?
All the best,