Electoral reform

Posted on 21-07-21 by Frank Leonard Newhofer Number of votes: 4 | Number of comments: 2

1 The majority of Labour voters believe the party should commit to PR

2 In 14 of the last 15 general elections the majority of voters have not voted for the Conservatives

3 Research has shown causal links between PR and such progressive outcomes as better income equality, higher social spending and better environmental protection

4 80% of OECD countries use PR

5 PR countries consistently achieve better gender balance and representation for BAME in politics

6. PR countries have higher voter turnout

7 There are constituencies where over 71% of those who turned out are represented by someone they did not vote for

8 The 2015 Tory majority in parliament was achieved with 37% of the vote the weakest democratic mandate in any OECD nation

9 Labour governments tend to water down their principles because they're focused on swing voters in marginal constituencies. Voters need to matter wherever they cast their vote

10 Finally PR provides the opportunity to create a real democracy where people feel that they can actively participate in the decisions that affect their lives. It creates the conditions for politics that is owned and activated from below - horizontally - rather than something so blatantly distorted as it is by FPTP

Referring to: Justice and Home Affairs

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