The People’s Lobby for Proportional Representation

The People’s Lobby for Proportional Representation is due to take place on Tuesday 11 December 2018. The movement for Proportional Representation will lobby Parliament calling on MPs to back fair votes. The gathering will be co-hosted by cross-party MPs.

According to the sponsoring group, Make Votes Matter, “Proportional Representation is any voting system in which the share of seats a party wins matches the share of votes it receives. There are many different systems of Proportional Representation, but they all aim to make sure seats match votes.”

The UK currently uses the “first past the post” system for most elections. There are issues with this system as smaller parties find it difficult to win sufficient votes in single constituencies to gain reasonable, or in some cases any, representation; even though they may have a considerable proportion of the vote at a national or regional level. This can lead to large blocks of the country apparently only ever voting for one party which results in political polarisation, disinterest in the political system and even minority governments.

Certainly, something needs to change to make the UK political system more representative. Transforming Yorkshire supports fair votes and we believe that discussions about the way forward should start in earnest, but this is a very complicated issue which will not be solved easily.

For more information about the lobby, follow the link below.

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